Afghan death to dominate Zapatero's NATO talks

10th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 July 2006, MADRID — Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was meeting on Monday with the NATO secretary general in the wake of the death of a Spanish soldier in Afghanistan.

10 July 2006

MADRID — Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was meeting on Monday with the NATO secretary general in the wake of the death of a Spanish soldier in Afghanistan.

Jaap De Hoop Scheffer was visiting Madrid as part of a series of meetings with heads of state before a major NATO meeting at which the role of the allied force in Afghanistan is bound to figure highly.

Private Jorge Arnaldo Hernández Seminario, 26, was killed and four others were injured when an anti-personnel carrier mine was fired at their vehicle by Taleban troops on Saturday.

The attack happened in Farah, in the west of Afghanistan.

De Hoop Scheffer is to pass on the condolences of NATO to the family of the dead soldier.

Sources close to the secretary general will also add that it is hoped NATO can get over this "delicate moment".

After the attack on Saturday, defence minister José Antonio Alonso said Spanish troops will not be pulled out of Afghanistan, where there are 720 Spanish troops.

De Hoop Scheffer is to meet Alonso,  then they will have a joint meeting with Zapatero.

They will also discuss the future of Spain's role in the peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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