Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana met with his Spanish counterpart, Minister of Defense Margarita Robles, during his first official visit to the Ministry of Defense of Spain on 02 November 2021.
The two ministers discussed matters of mutual interest, including the importance of strengthening partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, fostering multilateral cooperations, and jointly addressing the global issue of climate change. Secretary Lorenzana also welcomed the growing defense relations between the Philippines and partner countries in Europe, including Spain.
Both delegations reaffirmed their commitment to further enrich defense industry collaboration, increase exchange of students, and explore other areas of defense cooperation.
One of Secretary Lorenzana's other purposes in visiting Spain is the signing of the Agreement between the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Centre (CNI) of the Kingdom of Spain on the Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defense on 04 November 2021.
Secretary Lorenzana will also attend the International Defence Industry Exhibition (FEINDEF) 2021 while in Madrid.