Zapatero to meet Obama at White House

13th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Spanish prime minister and the US president will discuss about possibilities of Spain taking in prisoners from Guatanamo Bay among other key issues, say government sources.

Madrid – Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will visit the White House on Tuesday for the first time since US President Barack Obama's election in 2008, aides to the Spanish premier said.

"There is a huge convergence of political views (between Spain and the US) on many international topics, which opens up a wide range of possibilities for joint action," government sources told AFP.

Zapatero could also offer to take in up to three prisoners from the Guatanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, the same sources said.

The Spanish prime minister and the US president will cover a number of key issues including the forthcoming UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Madrid wants "deeper, closer" diplomatic ties with the United States as it looks to "forge a strategic partnership in European-US relations," an aide said.

Relations turned sour between the two countries in 2004 when Zapatero angered Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, by carrying out an election promise to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq.

AFP / Expatica

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