Egypt and Spain
Monday، 20 July 2009 12:00 AM
Egypt recognized the government of General Franco on February 24th, 1939, after the United Nations raised its recommendation to withdraw Ambassadors from, the diplomatic relations between and were resumed on July 15th, 1950. The Egyptian- Spanish relations became sronger after Juan Carlos de Borbon coming to the throne in 1975.
1- Economic side:
The Spanish economy has developed over the past years, so it is important for Egypt to bring Spanish capital and investments to support the Egyptian economy. The Spanish investments in Egypt amounted to 700 million euros in the field of gas, cement and railway, while the Egyptian leadership is currently seeking to increase these investments to one billion euro in the near term and doubling it to two billion euros in the medium term.
2- Political and security side:
Spain seeks to benefit from the unique Egyptian experience in fighting the terrorist and extremist groups after its success in encountering the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood especially after the Egyptian State institutions regained stability and after its success in fighting terrorism during the previous year.
In the light of the above, the King of Spain Felipe VI has invited President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss the regional issues, especially the terrorist and extremist groups, referring to the ETA separatist group which decided to abandon violence and handed over its weapons to the kingdom.
On the other hand, Egypt is seeking Spanish support in fighting extremist groups in Libya, being one of the three countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, and a member of the European Union.
3- Cultural and educational side:
The Egyptian-Spanish cultural relations are deeply-rooted in history, given the contributions of Andalusia and Egypt in various fields, especially the intellectual and philosophical fields extending to the Mediterranean. The period between the 8th and 14th century attests at best to these contributions.
Among these intellectual contributions of some historians, Al-Maqrizi, al-Qalqashandi, traveler Ibn al-Zubayr belonging to Spanish city Palencia, Egyptian traveler to the royal palace at Granada city Abdul Basit and poet and scientist Ibn al-Khatib, there are contributions associated with Egyptian and Spanish main cities through about seven centuries of history .