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‘It Is One of Our Greatest Values’: Spanish Foreign Minister Calls for Defense of Spanish Language

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The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, is clear that the Spanish language is one of the most important values of Hispanic culture. For this reason, he insists that it must be defended and assured that it must be a tool for diplomacy in these times that he described as “convulsive”.

In this sense, Albares explained, during a meeting last Friday with the press in which El American participated, that Spanish must be present in international relations.

“Spanish is a key language for international relations and has been a common language that builds bridges for centuries. There are very few languages that have that global impact and these are the foundations on which we want to continue, in the most convulsive moment since the fall of the Berlin Wall,” said Albares.

The Albares meeting, which was attended by several ambassadors, the ombudsman and other local Spanish authorities, took place on the occasion of the IX International Congress of the Spanish Language (CILE), which was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain in Cádiz on Monday 27.

The director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, and the director of the Royal Spanish Academy and president of the Association of Spanish Language Academies (ASALE), Santiago Muñoz Machado, were present.

The Spanish language and its progress

The minister stressed that Spanish is a living and thriving language, “one of great strength and values, with a present and a promising future. He explained that, from his ministry, efforts are being made to increase its presence in international organizations.

“We are working to make Spanish a language of prestige in diplomacy. The use of our language in international relations not only makes it easier to communicate, it also maximizes our culture,” he said.

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Finally, he referred to the importance of technology for the language and the need for Spanish to adapt to the new times in which, for example, artificial intelligence is gaining strength.

“We are at a moment of change in its impact on the world. This new reality of artificial intelligence has awakened an interest in our language,” said Albares.

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.