Every four years around this time, the spanish diplomacy expects the president on duty United States choose your ambassador in Madrid. Joe Biden has decided on the lawyer Julissa Reynoso, until now Chief of Staff of the First Lady in the White House, hence this announcement has been very well received both in the Palacio de la Moncloa and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to diplomatic sources consulted by Vozpópuli.
With the presidential system that reigns in the first world power, a country like Spain the first thing that a new US ambassador looks to is his degree of dialogue with the tenant of the White House. The greater the harmony and friendship, the greater the tranquility for Madrid.
In recent decades, the ambassadors chosen to carry out their post in Spain have been generous donors of the Republican or Democratic parties that were well connected with the Oval Office. Some more than others. The closest to a president was James Costs with Barack Obama. The film and television producer linked to HBO -influenced so that a part of ‘Game of Thrones’ was recorded in Spain- and current executive president of Secuoya Studios, insisted that Obama come to Madrid in 2016 after fifteen years without any official visit.
Now the relationship between the White House and Moncloa far away of that. Biden follows without picking up the phone to speak with Sánchez since he won the elections in November, nor is a meeting at the highest level expected anytime soon. The diplomatic fiasco of the ‘paseillo’ in the last NATO summit and the last tour of the Chief Executive in the US, in which Washington did not set foot, are two examples of how far apart are the agendas of the two presidents.
Reynoso’s arrival in Madrid should correct this imbalance and break the ice between the two leaders, say the aforementioned sources. Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff will be the first woman ambassador to Spain in the history of bilateral relations if it is confirmed by the Senate in the last quarter of this year.
Her condition as a Latina – she was born in the Dominican Republic – is joined by her diplomatic resume – she was an ambassador in Uruguay with Obama and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs– and has served as co-chair of the Gender Policy Council in the White House. A profile Highly valued in this Government that makes the flag of the feminist politics So what it goes a long way of his last predecessors who came from business world.
The fact that you have closely followed the Latin American affairs in the State Department is symptomAccording to the aforementioned sources, that Biden wants him to monitor Spanish policy towards the Bolivarian governments at a time of strong tensions in countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua or Venezuela. Peru has just joined this axis with the arrival to the presidency of Pedro Castillo and before that were Argentina and Bolivia.
Biden’s coalition against Cuba
Washington and Madrid have had several disagreements in the region in recent years. For example, the new Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, irritated the Trump Administration when he worked at Moncloa under Sánchez’s orders before his negative to support various initiatives on the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro.
Spain has not joined now either to the block of 21 countries Europeans and Latin Americans promoted by the Biden Administration to condemn the “Mass arrests and detentions” of Cuban protesters during the protests of last July 11 in favor of democracy and demand the respect of the human rights on the Caribbean island, although the joint declaration of foreign ministers did not include strong allies such as United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan O Canada.
The communiqué on Cuba was finally signed by Austria, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Ecuador, United States, Estonia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine.
“The diplomatic relevance of Spain it does not happen to follow to the United States in the region, but to maintain a policy friendly and respectful with them in which the divergences wherever they arise “, underlines a former Spanish minister after the step taken by Biden.
In the minds of veteran Spanish businessmen with business in the United States, the rudeness that the then President of the Government still persists Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero he did towards the first world power, by failing to rise up to the passage of the American flag during the Hispanic Day parade in October 2003. “The United States will never forgive us that offense, whoever the President is“, one of these businessmen commented in June to Vozpópuli.
For Spanish companies, maintaining a good diplomatic relationship with the US at this time is essential, given the enormous business opportunities that are being opened with the US. trillions of dollars that the Biden government plans to allocate to the recovery of the economy, a year and a half after the explosion of the pandemic, and given the business wear suffered by the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.
The policy of the Zapatero and Sánchez Governments with Venezuela, the digital rate, the composition of the current Spanish government with radical left partners, or the tense relationship with Morocco They have cooled the relationship with Washington, according to the business sources consulted.
However, experts in politics and international trade also argue that a new period is opening in relations between the two countries, with the Biden Administration, and that the new US president is giving “positive signs” towards greater multilateralism.
The bases of Morón and Rota
In a report on bilateral relations between the two countries published by the Elcano Royal Institute in the middle of last year, before Biden was elected president of the United States, this think tank pointed out that the military bases of Rota and Morón “They will continue to be the main element of continuity of the relationship and of Spanish Atlanticism.”
Despite this, sources close to the Spanish defense industry warn that the “axis of the geopolitical interests of the United States is moving to africa, the relationship between Spain, Morocco and the United States is great draft, and there I could lose importance the bases of Rota and Morón “.
In this sense, Madrid and Washington have chosen for extending the bilateral Defense agreement by one year, which has to be renewed and in which the use of the aforementioned bases is regulated. So it will be one of the files that Reynoso will find on the table when he arrives in Madrid if the Senate gives the green light to his appointment signed by Biden.
Source: Vozpópuli by www.vozpopuli.com.
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