Sanchez pitches Spain as ‘reliable’ partner at start of China trip

A handout photo of Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, speaks at the BFA's annual conference in Boao, Hainan Province, China, 30 March 2023. EFE/ Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa -ONLY EDITORIAL USE/MANDATORY CREDIT

By Jose Miguel Blanco Boao, China, Mar 30 (EFE).- Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez put his nation forward as a “reliable” partner for China in trade, investment and conflict resolution at the Boao Forum in China’s Hainan province on Thursday. Sánchez’s intervention at the opening of the annual summit was the first engagement of his … Read more

Finnish PM Marin, Zelenskyy honor fallen ‘hero’ of Bakhmut

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (C-L) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C-R) attend the funeral of Ukrainian serviceman Dmytro Kotsiubailo, at the Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine, 10 March 2023, amid the Russian invasion. Commander Dmytro Kotsiubailo, call sign Da Vinci, Hero of Ukraine, of the 67th brigade was killed in action on the frontline in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, on 07 March 2023. EFE/EPA/OLEG PETRASYUK

Kyiv, Mar 10 (EFE).- Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended a funeral in Kyiv for Dmytro Kotsiubailo, a Ukrainian volunteer who died in the battle of Bakhmut. Accompanied by the Ukrainian president, Marin offered condolences to the family of the young man, who joined the army in 2014 to defend … Read more

UK, France leaders to discuss migration, energy security in first bilateral talks in 5 years

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) greets British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 10 March 2023, as part as the 36th French and British summit. EFE/EPA/YOAN VALAT

Paris, Mar 10 (EFE).- France and the United Kingdom on Friday announced an agreement to strengthen bilateral cooperation in tackling irregular migration through the English Channel. French president Emmanuel Macron and UK prime minister Rishi Sunak announced an “unprecedented” deal to boost cross-Channel efforts to stem the flow of migrants traveling to the UK illegally … Read more

Beijing raises tone, accuses US of ‘creating crises’ to ‘contain’ China

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang attends a joint press conference with Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo, Egypt, 15 January 2023. EFE/EPA/KHALED ELFIQI/FILE

By Jesus Centeno Beijing, Mar 7 (EFE).- China denied Tuesday having sold arms to Russia, said its close relationship with Moscow is not a threat to other countries and panned the United States during the first public press appearance of new Foreign Minister Qin Gang. Qin, who took office in December, gave a nearly two-hour … Read more

Sanchez urges Turkey to allow Finland, Sweden Nato accession

Helsinki (Finland), 03/03/2023.- Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (R) and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) attend the press conference in Helsinki, Finland, 03 March 2023. EFE/EPA/KIMMO BRANDT

Helsinki, Mar 3 (EFE).- Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Friday called on Turkey to agree to the accession of Finland and Sweden into Nato, which he hopes can be achieved before the alliance’s next summit in Lithuania in July. Sánchez was addressing a press conference in Helsinki alongside Finnish prime minister, Sanna Marin, during … Read more

China slams ‘absurd and hysterical’ US balloon response

Munich, Germany, Feb 18 (EFE).- Beijing has denounced the shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon by the US, calling the response “absurd and hysterical”. Speaking on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi insisted the balloon was unmanned and civilian and had “veered off course” into US airspace. Wang … Read more