Wednesday, January 19

José Manuel Albares, from Sánchez’s ‘gregarious’ to Foreign Minister

The career diplomat and current ambassador in Paris, José Manuel Albares.

The career diplomat and current ambassador in Paris, José Manuel Albares.

The career diplomat and current ambassador in Paris, Jose Manuel Albares, will be the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, a position for which it was already emerging in 2020 and that has come true with the first major remodeling of the Government by Pedro Sánchez.

With his appointment, Sánchez finally rewards the one who became his main advisor and guide in foreign policy matters since he formed his first government team after winning the motion of no confidence in 2018, when he joined his office in La Moncloa as head of international affairs.

As Secretary General of International Affairs in Moncloa, accompanied Sánchez on his travels around the world, was in charge of the main international negotiations, especially the Brexit one, and was responsible for the preparation of numerous international appointments of the president.

Despite his position in the shadows, Albares became known by appearing with Sánchez in the famous photo of the official Falcon with sunglasses.

His name rang out strongly in early 2020 as Foreign Minister, when the then head of the portfolio, Josep Borrell, announced that he would run for the European elections, but Sánchez opted for Arancha González Laya and appointed Albares ambassador to France.

The diplomat thus returned to the embassy in Paris, where he held the position of cultural advisor when Sánchez signed him for his Monclovite team for the position of Secretary General for International Affairs, European Union, G20 and Global Security, with the rank of undersecretary.

He joined the PSOE in 2015

Sánchez and Albares knew each other before, since the diplomat joined the PSOE in September 2015 and helped develop the electoral program on Foreign for the general elections of December of that year in which the Socialists did not reap good results.

Born in 1972 in Madrid, Albares graduated in Law from the University of Deusto and graduated in Business Studies, after which he entered a diplomatic career.

Throughout his professional life, the new Foreign Minister has served as Consul General of Spain in Colombia and has served in the permanent representation of Spain before the OECD, where he was vice president of the Development Assistance Committee (CAD).

In addition, he has held, among others, the position of Director General for Africa (acting), Deputy Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa and Head of the Cooperation Department at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

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