Crossed lines in row over aircraft sales to Angola

9th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 December 2005, MADRID — Two senior ministers appeared to have different versions of events over the potentially controversial sales of planes to Angola.

9 December 2005

MADRID — Two senior ministers appeared to have different versions of events over the potentially controversial sales of planes to Angola.

Defence minister Jose Bono denied he was planning to visit the African nation in the future to open a deal to sell Spanish planes.

He also denied his government was about to sell arms to Luanda, the Angolan capital.

But his comments came a day after foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, during a visit to Luanda, said the Angolan government was interested in buying C-295 transport planes from the Spanish aeronautics firm EADS-CASA.

He also said that Bono would visit the country "as soon as possible".

The controversy was exploited by the Opposition, with Mariano Rajoy, leader of the Popular Party calling on Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to "put his house in order".

Gaspar Llamazares, national coordinator of the United Left party, said the prime minister "should get his orchestra in tune".

The row comes after the United States criticised Spain for selling military hardware to Venezuela, claiming it would destabilise the region.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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