Moratinos meets Thai premier on tsunami aid tour
12 January 2005, BANGKOK- Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos met Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to discuss the tsunami disaster, vowing support for efforts to revive the country's tourism industry.
12 January 2005
BANGKOK- Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos met Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to discuss the tsunami disaster, vowing support for efforts to revive the country's tourism industry.
Moratinos, who also met his Thai counterpart Surakiart Sathirathai, backed the decision for the Madrid-based World Tourism Organisation to hold a special meeting on the resort island of Phuket from 31 January to February 1.
The Spanish diplomat also offered condolences from the Spanish royal family and his government over the disaster that killed more than 5,300 people here.
Spain will also send fisheries experts to find ways of helping to revive the parts of the Thai fishing industry hit by the tsunami.
Moratinos is on a tour to bring aid to the tsunami affected countries.
When he arrived in Sri Lanka, he helped deliver tonnes of aid to relief agencies in the capital Colombo.
He said he would focus specially on Indonesia, for which the Spanish government has earmarked most of its relief aid.
Moratinos will travel to Banda Aceh, which was at the epicentre of the disaster.
The government said it would release EUR 50 million (USD 67m) in aid, including EUR 48m as credits at preferential interest rates for disaster-hit countries.
Meanwhile, Spain has sent military aircraft and troops to support the international aid effort in Asian countries hit by the deadly tsunamis.
The Hercules transport planes and helicopters carried field hospitals and engineers to bolster the unprecedented rescue effort.
Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said Spain will support moves for a moratorium on debt to help those Indian Ocean countries affected by the disaster.
US, European and Asian militaries are already deployed in force at the sharp end of emergency relief operations in the countries hit by the tsunami disaster that killed at least 146,000 people.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news