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Sánchez will confirm in Washington that Spain will spend 2% of its GDP on defense in 2029

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, travels to Washington this Tuesday to participate in the NATO summit, where he will confirm that Spain will fulfill its commitment to arrive in 2029 to a defense expenditure of 2% of its GDP despite currently being the ally furthest from that percentage.

It will be at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers when he will travel to the United States to participate in the ceremony that will be attended by the allied leaders on this same day. commemorate the 75th anniversary of NATO.

On this occasion His wife does not travel with him, Begoña Gómez, who did accompany him last year at the summit in Vilnius and was also with the President of the Government at some events within the framework of the summit held in Madrid in 2022.

The summit is being held after NATO published data that places Spain as the country in the Alliance that spends the least proportion of its GDP on defence, with 1.28% this year.

In response to this, Moncloa is sending a message of calm and seriousness and is ensuring that the commitment is set to reach 2% in 2029as Sánchez promised at the Madrid summit.

The Government draws attention to the fact that Spain’s GDP is growing well above the European average And that is why, even if defense spending increases, it is not reflected in the percentage of GDP as one would like.

He also emphasizes that Spain It is the third country in the Alliance that has increased its spending the most in defence in recent years, with an increase of 77% from 2016 to the present, and assures that this effort is recognized by both NATO authorities and allies.

The Executive wants Washington to the message of support for Ukraine is strengthened as long as necessary to confront Russian aggression, and affirms that Spain will continue to act in this way as it has committed to in the recent bilateral security agreement signed in Madrid by Pedro Sánchez and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

But Spain also wants more attention to NATO’s southern flank after the push for this at the Madrid summit two years ago and in light of the situation in the Maghreb, the Sahel and Gaza, and for this reason welcomes the adoption of a specific action plan to the south with the appointment of a special representative of the Secretary General of the Alliance for that area.

In this context, in addition to participating in the summit sessions, Sánchez will speak in an organized panel in parallel on the southern dimension of NATO.

It is not closed either No meeting with the new British Prime MinisterKeir Starmer, with whom she will meet again next week in the United Kingdom, where there will be a summit of the European Political Community.

Yes, there is a meeting already announced by Minister Albares with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, David Lammy, to discuss, among other issues, the need to reach an agreement as soon as possible on the situation in Gibraltar following Brexit.

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