Clinton to meet Spanish FM next week: sources

19th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Their face-to-face talks is likely to revolve around issues concerning Latin America, the Middle East and Spain’s presidency of the EU in 2010.

MADRID – Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos will hold talks with new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington next week, Spanish diplomatic sources said Wednesday.

Moratinos is currently in Jamaica where he is accompanying King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia on an official visit.

He is to go to Florida with the royal couple before flying to Washington where he will meet Clinton on Tuesday, the sources said.

It will be the first face-to-face talks between the two since Clinton took office in the new administration of President Barack Obama.

Issues on the agenda are likely to be Latin America, the Middle East and Spain's presidency of the European Union in 2010.

Moratinos said last week that relations between Madrid and Washington, which were frosty under George W Bush, could make a "qualitative leap" under Obama.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero angered the US by withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq immediately after being elected for his first term in March 2004.

Ties between Spain and the United States were further strained by Madrid's policy of holding a political dialogue with Cuba.

Under Bush, Washington continued its long-standing policy of trying to isolate the Communist island-state. Obama has been more open to dialogue.

[AFP / Expatica]

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