Angel Moratinos, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, is an experienced
diplomat and politician. Born in 1951 in Madrid, Moratinos holds a degree in Law
and Political Sciences and is fluent in French and English. He also knows some
Russian and Serbo-Croatian.
He holds the following honours:
of the Order of Civil Merit,
Officer of the Order of Isabel the Catholic
Commander of Civil Merit,
Commander of the Alaouite "Ouissan"
Order of Morocco,
Commander of the Order of the Republic of Tunisia,
Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic Queen,
Prize of the Arab Journalists Association (Presented by H.M. the King in 1994),
Alaoute Ouissan Order (Officer) and
Commander of the Orange-Nassau
Order of the Netherlands.
Moratinos has held the following international diplomatic
* 1974-1979: Director - Head of the
Eastern Europe Coordination Desk * 1979-1980: First Secretary at the
Spanish Embassy in Yugoslavia * 1980-1984: Chargé d'affaires
at the Spanish Embassy in Yugoslavia * 1984-1987: Political adviser
at the Spanish Embassy to Rabat * 1987-1991: Deputy Director General
for Northern Africa * 1991-1993: Director General of the Institute for
Cooperation with the Arab World * 1993-1996: Director General of Foreign
Policy for Africa and the Middle East when Javier Solana was Foreign Affairs Minister
of Spain. * 1996: Ambassador of Spain in Israel * 1996-2003:
EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. * 2004- : Foreign
Minister of Spain.
Moratinos is married to a French woman and has three
children. He is committed to finding peaceful ways to end the conflict in the
Middle East. A firm believer in a strong Europe, one of his priorities is to improve
Spanish relations with key member states of the European Union.
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