Spain's Crown Prince Felipe promoted his country's bid for one of the rotating seats on the U.N. Security Council during a meeting here Thursday with ambassadors from 17 nations.
The prince met with the group of foreign diplomats who are in Madrid to attend the Cybersecurity: Global Answers for a Global Challenge forum organized by Spain's foreign ministry.
Felipe reaffirmed Spain's commitment to peace and security in the use of information technologies and he touted Madrid's Security Council candidacy to the diplomats.
Spain aspires to secure one of the non-permanent positions on the U.N. Security Council, whose members will be elected in October for the 2015-2016 two-year period.
Attending the meeting on Thursday with the prince were the permanent representatives to the United Nations from Germany, Portugal, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Libera and Mongolia.
The ambassadors had met previously with Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who emphasized Spain's qualifications for the Security Council post as a "trustworthy and serious" member of the United Nations.
The cybersecurity forum kicked off Thursday in Madrid and is the second in a series of three that Spain will host through June. It is being held just a month after Spain was elected to send a representative to the U.N. Group of Government Experts on Cybersecurity. EFE