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Zapatero makes first foreign trip

20 April 2004

MADRID – Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to travel to Morocco for talks with the head of the north African state, it was announced Tuesday.

It will be the new prime minister’s first foreign state visit.

The new vice-president, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, announced Zapatero is to travel Saturday.

High on the list of subjects for the talks will be terrorism in the wake of the 11 March bombings in Madrid.

Many of the 36 suspects detained in connection with the bombings are Moroccans.

Some are thought to have links to the terrorist atrocity last May in Casablanca in which 45 people – some of them Spaniards – were killed.

The bombings killed 192 and injured more than 1,500 people.

Apart from terrorism, new measures for cooperation between Moroccan and Spanish security forces to try to stop illegal immigration will also be discussed.

Daily arrivals of illegal immigrants on the shores of southern Spain are a controversial issue.

No more details were released about the talks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news