Three high-level sessions, two galas and a two-way dinner to decide NATO’s future

Between Tuesday and Thursday, Madrid will host the largest concentration of world leaders since the start of the invasion of Ukraine: 30 NATO countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey…), four of which are India, the Pacific (Australia). , Japan, South Korea, New Zealand), non-aligned Europeans (Ireland, Austria, Cyprus, Malta and still Finland and Sweden), the Commission and the Council of Europe, as well as invited countries such as Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and others such as Mauritania or Jordan.

NATO summit to be held tomorrow IFEMA fairgrounds Totally closed, in those days it will be something akin to Alliance territory, as the Alliance is responsible for what happens there. The agenda, which has been a secret for months, has already emerged.

The backbone will be three Atlantic Council meetings chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Heads of State and Government of 30 allied countries.

They should distinguish capital matters for the security and defense of partners. most urgent, What will be the answer to Russia after four months of occupation of Ukraine; Which would require more diplomacy and pressure to get Turkey to lift its veto on the entry of Finland and Sweden (unless Ankara opens its first participation at these previous days’ meetings). Each participant will try to make the outcome of the summit positive for himself. If the challenges from the south of the Mediterranean are consistently reflected, Spain will see it as a victory.

There will be three official high-level meetings; much more on the edges of the summit, the so-called pool watere, short meetings of an informal nature; and in the case of Spain, a few binary. According to NATO and Spanish government sources, the detailed planned agenda is as follows:

28 TUESDAY – SUMMIT AND BINARY MEETINGS PRE-OPENING

The day before the official start of the summit, already in Madrid with world leaders, there will be one of the Head of Government Pedro Sánchez’s bilateral meetings with global leaders; the gala dinner with King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace; and the opening of the grand meeting think tanks close to NATO.

First thing in the morning: Pedro Sánchez received Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at La Moncloa. According to Moncloa sources, this is the first official visit of an Australian prime minister to our country.

10:30: Bilateral meeting between Sánchez and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

afternoon: Sánchez and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visit the summit facilities at IFEMA and briefly appear before the media. Then both will have a working lunch to close the boundaries of the next day’s summit.

Afternoon: Joe Biden reception at the Palacio de la Moncloa at the first bilateral meeting with the US president.

Afternoon: Bilateral meeting between Sánchez and Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, also in Moncloa.

20:30: Gala dinner at the Royal Palace with representatives of 44 delegations present for the summit. It was presided over by King Felipe VI.

Confirmation time: Dinner for the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense at the Santa Cruz Palace. According to José Manuel Albares, head of Spanish diplomacy, it will focus on identifying the challenges posed by the ‘southern flank’ to NATO: immigration as a political weapon, energy blackmail, jihadism or Russia’s presence in the Sahel. Mauritania and Jordan will be invited.

15:20 NATO Public Forum. A “public diplomacy” meeting parallel to the summit: think tanks The groups will discuss the current geopolitical risk situation and the future of the organization. Head of Government, Pedro Sánchez is expected to attend the Wednesday 29 sessionAccording to government sources, at 9:20 am for the session to discuss NATO at this time of strategic rivalry. There will be “Davos-type” discussions, panels and debates organized by the Elcano Royal Institute in collaboration with other think tanks such as the German Marshall Fund, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantic Council.

29 WEDNESDAY – FIRST DAY OF NATO SUMMIT

The arrival of world leaders to the summit area is scheduled for 8:15 am. Some will make brief statements to the press. There will be a welcoming ceremony shortly before 10am and a family photo at 10:25am.

10:30 First meeting of the North Atlantic Council of Heads of State and Government

This first of the summit sessions will be devoted to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodímir Zelenski will attend, presumably via videoconference. According to government sources, the Ukrainian delegation will at least consist of the country’s representation to NATO, which is expected to be done by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytró Kuleba.

In this meeting, which is the highlight of the summit, they will begin to discuss the limits of the Madrid Strategic Concept discussed earlier. at least eight drafts in circulation, according to knowledgeable sources. A document of approximately 15 pages that will be made public at the end of the summit. The session, which will end at 13:30, will be replaced by lunch and bilateral talks.

13:45 First press conference of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Beyond the leaks expected from each delegation, initial ideas of what’s going on in the negotiating room will be given by the secretary general after the first meeting. As can be expected, press conferences will also be held for each of the delegations of the requesting countries.

15:00 Second meeting of the North Atlantic Council of Heads of State and Government

In this session it will be Finland or Sweden, if nothing helps, they will only be able to reach the summit as partners, not as “guests” (an enhanced legal status just before accession). Georgia or Bosnia Hezergovina will also attend and invited countries of the Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

17:45 Jens Stoltenberg’s second press conference. As can be expected, press conferences will also be held for each of the delegations of the requesting countries.

18:30 Informal dinner of foreign ministersOn the one hand, Defense on the other

19:00 Meeting and Euro-Atlantic dinner at the Prado Museum

This is a world first at NATO summits and Pedro Sánchez’s personal commitment: gather most of the leaders of the “free world” at the Prado Museum (which will close two days ago to prepare the containment for safety): Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Sholz, Mario Draghi, Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michelle…etc. Up to 44 representatives. In other words, all the countries of the Alliance; six non-NATO Europeans; Four guests from the Europacific region and those in charge of the EU. The main dinner will be chaired by Pedro Sánchez and will be in the convent of the museum. That of wives or comrades in the room of the muses.

30 THURSDAY – LAST MEETING AND RESULTS

The program will be repeated on Thursday. At 8:30, the leaders will arrive and are expected to make some brief statements before entering the meeting. It is expected to be signed to start an agreement today. innovation fundAccording to government sources: “One of the expected outcomes of this summit, in which Spain also participates. A mechanism that encourages technological innovations and start-ups to make European defense more technologically competitive.”

10:00 Third meeting of the Atlantic Council of Heads of State and Government

According to government sources, this session is devoted to the southern quarter, one of Spain’s efforts as the host country for the summit. It should come out of there nickel-plated and come to the wording in the Strategic Concept of risks from Africa.

12:15 PM Third and final press conference for Jens Stoltenberg. Predictably, there will also be a press conference with Pedro Sánchez where the president will assess the situation.

Letizia leads NATO summit companion program

In addition to the actions of the NATO summit and bilateral meetings by President Pedro Sánchez, there is an agenda aimed at promoting Spain as a NATO will-be country. Queen Letizia’s participation; an accompanying program to “transmit to the world the project of an open, modern and sustainable country that this government has,” according to government sources. On the 29th, it begins with a visit to the fountains of Granja de San Ildefonso. The facilities of the Royal Palace of La Granja, followed by the blown glass exhibition and the Royal Glass Factory will be visited. Back in Madrid, there will be a family photo of the comrades in front of Picasso’s Guernica and a meal to be served by the Paradores in the restaurant on the ground floor of the Reina Sofia Museum. The next day, the second session from 10 at the Royal Palace: first an oil tasting and a talk on the Mediterranean diet and healthy eating, then a visit to the technical facilities of the Royal Theater and witness the rehearsal of the opera being prepared, Nabuko.

Source: Informacion

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