Pedro Sanchez Observe that the days go by and that the phone call from the President of the United States does not arrive, Joe Biden, although government sources consulted by Vozpópuli They wait for the Democratic president to pick up the phone soon to maintain the first conversation with the chief executive.
This saturday is fulfilled one month of the entrance of the Democratic president in the White House and on Sunday they will hundred days of the November 3 elections, although the victory of the Democratic candidate was not unofficial until four days later due to the tortuous recount in several states. Since then, Biden has spoken with 22 foreign leaders, some of them -case of Emmanuel Macron The Boris Johnson– on several occasions, and has written a letter to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
During the period like President electUntil last January 20, Biden had talks with the main European leaders. From the aforementioned Macron and Johnson, to the Italian Giuseppe Conte or the irish Michéal Martin. Also with other international leaders such as Jacinta arden (New Zealand), Alberto Fernandez (Argentina), Sebastian Piñera (Chile), Abdalá II (Jordan), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica).
The precedents of Obama and Trump
Those two months as president-elect, from mid-November to mid-January, could have been the best time for him to get in touch with Pedro Sánchez. Was what happened to Barack Obama, who called Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero a the four days of his first win in 2008. Donald Trump got in touch with Mariano Rajoy a all 35 days to win the 2016 elections by surprise.
The spanish government He tried it in those months with Biden, according to the aforementioned sources, but from the team of the president-elect there was no reciprocity. Sánchez himself congratulated the Democratic candidate and his ‘number two’, Kamala Harris, on the networks. “We are prepared to cooperate with the United States and face the great global challenges“, told them.
Once installed in the Oval Office, Biden has slowed down calls to foreign leaders. In his first week at the White House, Biden spoke with Justin trudeau (Canada) and Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico), the two most important neighbors and economic partners for the US. Then came – in this order – the turn of the transatlantic allies: Johnson, Macron, the German Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He then chatted with the Russian Vladimir Putin and the japanese Yoshihide Suga in the last week of January.
In February, calls have been dropper. Biden contacted the South Korean on day 3 Moon Jae-in and the australian Scott Morrison. On February 8 it was the Indian’s turn Narendra Modi, the 10 of the Chinese Xi Jinping and the 17th of the Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sánchez’s diplomatic adviser
On February 2 there was the first contact between the two governments with a call from Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, to Sánchez’s diplomatic adviser in La Moncloa, Emma Aparici.
The White House issued a statement – not Moncloa – in which it indicated that Sullivan and Aparici had agreed to “work together on shared priorities of foreign policy such as China, Latin America and the Sahel. “That call was agreed between Washington and Madrid, according to Spanish government sources, in order to prepare the conversation between Biden and Sánchez.
And if it has not yet crystallized, it is because of the agenda of Biden, overturned in inner politics for the fight against the pandemic and in recent days for the heavy snowfalls that have collapsed part of the country. In addition, the list of foreign leaders who are ‘in the queue’ is important
Washington tends to keep a low profile with allied countries when there is an election in between
Last Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, maintained her first contact with the American Secretary of State, Antony Blink, three weeks after he took office. The Blinken spokesperson, Ned PriceHe indicated that both ministers discussed mechanisms to “deepen” the bilateral and transatlantic relationship.
The secretary of state thanked Laya for hosting Spain North American bases, while emphasizing that the new Administration wants to work with Spain, the EU and other partners to “share challenges“, among those who mentioned Russia, China Y Venezuela.
Both ministers also pledged to “Join forces“for the joint fight against the pandemic and in favor of economic recovery, according to diplomatic sources reported to Europa Press. Laya and Blinken agreed on the need to redouble the efforts of the United States and Spain in the fight against climate change, a special commitment of Sánchez. It should be remembered that as soon as he arrived at the White House the new president ordered the return of the United States to the Paris agreements.
González Laya and Blinken also found the “extraordinary harmony” in matters of security and defense between the two countries and the Secretary of State took the opportunity to thank his Spanish counterpart “Spain’s commitment to NATO“.
This Laya-Blinken conversation is an indication that there is not much left for Biden to do the same with Sánchez. In addition, there is an element that diplomatic sources highlight in this case and that is the election campaign and the elections in Catalonia. Washington usually maintains a low profile with third countries when there are elections involved, in order to avoid accusations of bias in the electoral process. But once the 14-F is over, there are few excuses not to call Sánchez.