The President of Spain Pedro Sánchez arrived in the country last night to participate in the summit of the Central American Integration System
together with the presidents and members of the governments of Central American. - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain Government photo -
Published Thursday, June 10, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The President of Spain Pedro Sánchez arrived in the country last night to participate in the summit of the Central American Integration System together with the presidents and members of the governments of Central American countries that will take place at the Real Intercontinental Hotel in Escazu Canton, San José Province.
The Central American Integration System, SICA, is the economic and political organization of Central American states created in 1993, with the goal of extending cooperation for regional peace, political freedom, democracy and economic development. The eight-country members of the organization are Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama, Belize, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
The SICA Summit is focused on topics such as sustainable recovery, technology, innovation and cooperation between Spain and the member countries of the organization.
The summit agenda begins today with breakfast for international guests hosted by President Carlos Alvarado. Then the official opening of the summit that will analyze the member's proposals to improve the situation of people who have been forced to migrate from Central America.
On Friday, President Sánchez is scheduled to receive the key to San José. And he will also be attending a ceremony in honor of Spanish immigrants. His departure is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.
This is his second visit to Costa Rica. His last visit was in August 2018, where he addressed issues like the environment, climate change, des-carbonization plan and the political situation in Nicaragua.
Spain was maintaining its cooperation with Nicaragua as long as their aid did not influence repression in the country, Sanchez said at the meeting three years ago.
The previous Spanish prime minister to visit Costa Rica was José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in 2004.
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