Malaga hosts 30th anniversary of top UK-Spain diplomatic forum

Attendees at the forum last week at Malaga city hall.
Attendees at the forum last week at Malaga city hall. / Ayto. Malaga
  • The events started in 1988 and are held every year to foster closer ties between both countries and their respective governments

The city of Malaga played host last weekend to the thirtieth anniversary of a distinguished forum and discussion conference designed to strengthen bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Spain.

The Hispano-Británicas Tertulias (Hispano-British discussions and debates) brought together leaders from Malaga city as well as representatives from both the British and Spanish governments, and intellectuals and experts on both countries.

The Spanish minister for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell was attending, as was David Lidington, UK Cabinet Office minister, UK Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan and the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley.

These conferences are held every year, alternating between venues in the UK and in Spain. They started in 1988 after an idea that came out of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Spain.

The sessions are informal, giving as much emphasis to the working sessions as the working lunches and dinner.

Subjects discussed included the current international economic situation and particular matters of interest to international politics and Europe, including Brexit.

HMS Echo

Coinciding with the bilateral event in Malaga, British naval survey ship, HMS Echo docked in Malaga port.

Earl Howe, a UK Defence minister, was also in Malaga to view the ship and welcome dignitaries on board.

The ship has recently been carrying out training and survey operations in the Mediterranean.