Ill health forces Clinton out of terror summit
8 March 2005, MADRID - Former US president Bill Clinton has pulled out of a conference on terrorism starting in Madrid because of poor health, organisers said.
8 March 2005
MADRID - Former US president Bill Clinton has pulled out of a conference on terrorism starting in Madrid because of poor health, organisers said.
Clinton had been expected to be among the dozens of high-profile participants at the four-day conference, which is to culminate with speeches and ceremonies on Friday marking the one year anniversary of the train bombings in the city blamed on Al-Qaeda that killed 191 people.
"No, he is not coming. He cancelled four days ago for health reasons," said a spokesman for the conference organisers, Andy Hazel.
Clinton had also cancelled a meeting with Spanish King Juan Carlos that was to have taken place on Thursday, he said.
The former US leader is honorary co-chairman of the Club of Madrid, a body made up of 44 former heads of state and government which organised the conference.
The United States was represented at the event by new Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
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Subject: Spanish news