No-show Castro is dealt a snub by Zapatero

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2005, MADRID — Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in a wide-ranging radio interview that he has never had an interest in meeting Cuban president Fidel Castro.

17 October 2005

MADRID — Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in a wide-ranging radio interview that he has never had an interest in meeting Cuban president Fidel Castro.

It came after Castro failed to arrive at the Ibero-American summit held in Spain at the weekend with leaders of Spain, Portugal and Latin American countries.

"I have never had either the passion, or the interest, or the circumstances of meeting him, it's very curious, I guess these are the necessary paradoxes that lead one to be prime minister of the government," Zapatero said.

The Spanish leader said the Ibero-American in Salamanca was a "success".

Zapatero, a critic of U.S. policy in Iraq, told Cadena Ser there had been no new developments in his relations with US. President George W Bush.

Relations have been frosty since Zapatero pulled Spanish troops out of Iraq after winning the general election last year.

He also said he looked forward to having good relations with the new German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

As far as Castro was concerned, Zapatero expressed surprise at those who said that "photos were taken, ties exchanged and jokes made about Castro".

The Spanish leader said the summit, whose value was questioned by some leaders last week, was useful, especially if there was "content and plans of action were approved".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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