King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain will arrive in Malta today for a two day State visit, during which Malta and Spain are to boost economic and social ties. The Monarchs will be accompanied by Foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos who will sign a series of bilateral agreements with the Maltese government, putting to fruition months of negotiations between the two sides. One of the agreements is a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a Malta-Spain joint committee on merchant shipping. Another agreement will be signed on cooperation between the Spanish Diplomatic School and Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC).
The two countries will also sign an agreement on a cooperation programme in the areas of culture, education and science for the term 2009-2012. The first cultural agreement between Malta and Spain dates back to 1976, and since then, the ties regarding culture, education and science have grown. Another agreement will be signed on a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of cultural heritage. A memorandum of understanding regarding archives between Malta and the Kingdom of Spain will also be signed. Both countries will also sign an accord on exchange programmes of language assistants between Malta and Spain. Last year Malta and Spain marked 40 years since establishing diplomatic relations