Obama to visit Spain for US-EU summit in May

28th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spanish public television RTVE says US President Barack Obama will make his first official visit to Spain in May.

Madrid – US President Barack Obama will make his first official visit to Spain in May to attend a US-EU summit, Spanish public television said Sunday.

The 24-25 May summit is scheduled as part of Spain's six-month presidency of the European Union that begins on 1 January, RTVE said.

A source at the office of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero would confirm only that an EU-US summit would take place in Madrid during Spain's EU presidency, "probably in May".

RTVE, which did not indicate its sources, also said that the Spanish capital will host a summit involving the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean on 17-18 May.

Obama and Zapatero last met at last week's G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Washington and Madrid announced last week that the Spanish leader would make his first official visit to the White House on 13 October for talks with Obama.

The socialist prime minister had a frosty relationship with Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, whom he angered by withdrawing Spanish troops from Iraq immediately after his election in 2004.

The troops had been sent by Zapatero's conservative predecessor, Jose Maria Aznar.

Zapatero met Obama on the sidelines of the US-EU summit in Prague in April. At the time the Spanish PM said the meeting opened "a new era in relations" between their two countries.

AFP / Expatica

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