HUMZA Yousaf held a meeting with EU ambassador to the UK Pedro Serrano in Edinburgh on Monday.

In a post on Twitter, the First Minister said they spoke of a “mutual desire to continue to strengthen the relationship between Scotland & the EU” in a number of areas, including energy cooperation, youth mobility, and trade.

“Scotland is a very proud European nation,” Yousaf added.

Serrano, meanwhile, said he has a “very friendly informal discussion over lunch” with the SNP leader.

He added: “Huge thanks for warm hospitality.”

They also spent time at the yearly consular reception hosted by the Scottish Government at Edinburgh Castle.

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Serrano said of the event: “ I thank the Scottish government for opening its arms to EU citizens.

“My friends and European colleagues are doing an important job as consuls in the Scottish capital.”

Serrano is in Scotland for several days, visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow and Orkney.

On Tuesday morning he held another meeting at Holyrood with Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone, discussing "key challenges". 

Ahead of his visit, he said he was “very much looking forward to discovering some more of this beautiful country".