icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Spain’s foreign minister falls ill during Davos debate (VIDEO)

Spain’s foreign minister falls ill during Davos debate (VIDEO)
A live World Economic Forum debate in Davos was suspended Wednesday, after Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis suffered a dizzy spell and had to receive medical attention.

Dastis was in the second row of the audience watching a World Bank Live talk on tackling inequality when he fell ill.

According to Spain’s El Mundo, after receiving medical aid from a doctor, the foreign minister regained full consciousness.

The incident was caught on a World Bank livestream of a discussion which included Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima.

With the debate hitting the 45-minute mark, Susanne Wille, the adjudicator, can be seen to call out for a doctor.

“Excuse me someone has gotten sick in the audience… could someone call a doctor please?”

Prior to the incident, Dastis could be seen sitting behind Spain’s King Felipe VI with his head bowed. Following assistance from a doctor, the 62-year-old minister was able to accompany the king to a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to reports in the Spanish media.

RT.com has contacted the Spanish Foreign Ministry for comment.

Podcasts