Zapatero launches diplomatic offensive in Algiers

12th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 December 2006, ALGIERS — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero held talks with the Algerian premier over illegal immigration on Tuesday.

12 December 2006

ALGIERS — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero held talks with the Algerian premier over illegal immigration on Tuesday.

The Spanish prime minister discussed the problem with  Abdelaziz Buteflika during a meeting in the Algerian capital.

Many would-be Algerian illegal immigrants travel south to Mali and Niger to start their long route towards Spain's Canary Islands.

Spain is determined to stop this flow of immigrants not just from Algeria but other African countries.

The two heads of state were also due to discuss a possible deal on oil supplies from Algeria to Spain.

Madrid has been pushing for 'special treatment' from Algiers for oil supplies.

Terrorism and the on-going disturbances in the Western Sahara were also on the agenda during the talks.   

Spain has recently mounted a diplomatic offensive towards Algeria.

It is the first time a Spanish premier has gone to Algiers for talks in recent years and next year the Spanish monarchy is also due to travel there.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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