Felipe VI travels this Thursday to the Dominican Republic to attend the 28th Ibero-American Summit, which will be held in Santo Domingo, and in which the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, will also participate. The head of the Executive will arrive on Friday in the Caribbean country from Brussels, after taking part in the European Council.
The meeting of the Ibero-American leaders, the first face-to-face meeting since the outbreak of the pandemic, will begin on Friday with a dinner and will be held on Saturday in the plenary, with the presence of both the King of Spain and Sanchez.
The monarch is flying to Santo Domingo together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares. This is the fifth Ibero-American summit attended by Felipe VI, after those of Veracruz (Mexico) in 2014; Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) in 2016; Antigua (Guatemala), in 2018, and Andorra in 2021.
At least fourteen heads of state or government from the 22 participating countries are expected to attend the forum, including the presidents of Colombia, Gustavo Petro; of Chile, Gabriel Boric; of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou; and of Argentina, Alberto Fernández.
Among the confirmed absences are Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele.
On Friday, and before the opening of the summit, Felipe VI will participate in the traditional business forum along with other presidents, as well as in a meeting with young Ibero-Americans and another on disability.
He will also meet with the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, and with the host, the Dominican Luis Abinader.
The high-level meeting in Santo Domingo is being organized under the slogan “Together for a fair and sustainable Ibero-America”, with food security, the environment, digital rights and a new financial architecture as the main topics for discussion.
It will be the first fully face-to-face summit since the covid-19 pandemic began, in 2020, as the Andorra one had a mixed format.
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