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Thursday, December 01, 2022

King meets Borrell ahead of NATO summit

The king received this Monday the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, two days before the start of the NATO summit, which will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 June. Madrid. The audience of Felipe VI with the head of EU diplomacy is the first of the high-level meetings that the head of state will hold on the sidelines of the meeting of the Atlantic Alliance.

Felipe VI’s meeting with Borrell, the high-ranking European official to guide and implement all community foreign policy, took place this afternoon in La Zarzuela. On the table, the key issues that will be debated at the NATO summit will be the renewed document that will guide the coalition’s strategies in the coming years and that will take into account the current crisis with Russia, China’s strengths or emerging technologies.

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King’s agenda is packed this week. In addition to having dinner on Tuesday for those attending the NATO summits on Wednesday and Thursday, Felipe VI will meet with many of them.

That’s Tuesday afternoon. The head of state will meet with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, whom he will receive at the Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base (Madrid) at the foot of the stairs of his plane. The US President will arrive from Germany, where he will attend the G-7 summit earlier. That same afternoon, Felipe VI and Biden will meet at the Royal Palace, where the head of state will also meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Ahead of the meetings at the Royal Palace, Felipe VI plans to speak, among others, at the NATO Public Forum organized by the Elcano Royal Institute. think tank meetings, in which other leaders will also participate, and which are taking place on the margins of the summit.

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On Tuesday, the King and Queen will offer dinner to all leaders attending the summit – 30 aides and a dozen other invited countries – and their peers at the Royal Palace.

Already on Wednesday, Felipe VI will receive the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in the audience, and will hold two meetings with the President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, and Finland’s Sauli Venamo Ninistro.

The king will conclude his schedule of appointments related to the NATO summit on Thursday in an audience with European Council President Charles Michel and NATO Military Committee Chairman Admiral Robb Bauer.

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