Zapatero cuts short visit to India after train crash
4 July 2006, NEW DELHI — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero cut short a state visit on Tuesday to India to return to Spain to attend the funerals of 41 people killed in a train crash in Valencia.
4 July 2006
NEW DELHI — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero cut short a state visit on Tuesday to India to return to Spain to attend the funerals of 41 people killed in a train crash in Valencia.
Zapatero was due to to be at the funerals on Tuesday night in Valencia along with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
The prime minister had been on the first day of a two-day state visit to India when news of the train tragedy came through on Monday afternoon.
As a mark of respect, Zapatero decided to return immediately to Spain.
The Spanish leader had been on a visit to India to foster broader bilateral relations and increasing Spanish investments there.
Madrid hopes for a growing presence in this emerging country with its robust economic growth.
Last year, bilateral trade amounted to USD 2.7 billion - a 27 percent increase over 2004.
Spanish exports to India in 2005 totaled USD 719m, some 0.35 percent of India's imports and 0.3 percent of Spain's exports.
Spain's imports from India last year amounted to about USD 2 billion, roughly 0.62 percent of Madrid's total imports and 1.65 percent of India's exports.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news