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Biden promises early Spain visit
thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, November 19, 2008

According to Moncloa Palace insiders, US vice-president elect, Joe Biden, is planning to visit Spain shortly after taking office next January.

The promise was made to president Zapatero last Monday afternoon when Mr Biden phoned to discuss some of the initiatives agreed at the weekend G-20 summit.

During the ten-minute conversation, Mr Biden stressed the importance that president elect Obama places on improving bilateral relations with Spain with a view to collaborating more closely concerning Latin America.

With respect to the economic crisis, both parties agree on the need for public investment to kick start markets and discussed reforms to the international financial system.

According to Mr Obama's transitional governmental team, Mr Biden made a number of other calls last Monday, including to: EU foreign affairs secretary, Javier Solana, Colombia president, Álvaro Uribe, Georgia president, Mijaíl Saakashvili, and Greek foreign affairs minister, Dora Bakoyannis. 

Obama calls Zapatero
By: thinkSPAIN
Saturday, November 8, 2008

Four and a half years after being sent to Coventry by George W. Bush over his decision to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq, president Zapatero received a call from US president-elect, Barack Obama, at 11pm last night in return for the congratulations sent following Mr Obama's election win last Tuesday.

The groundbreaking call came just hours after it was provisionally confirmed that Mr Zapatero would be allowed to attend next weekend's G-20 crisis meeting in Washington.

During the ten-minute conversation, Mr Zapatero reiterated his congratulations, and explained to the next American president that his election triumph is having a massive impact in Spain.

Both agreed on the importance of improving bilateral relations, and Mr Obama apparently spent some time quizzing Mr Zapatero on Spain's potential role in tackling the global economic situation.

They also agreed on the importance of progressing joint climate control initiatives, and how they might strengthen collaboration concerning Latin American affairs.

'Obama will have a friend and loyal ally in Spain,' declares Zapatero
By: thinkSPAIN
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

According to president Zapatero, Barack Obama's election victory opens "a new era of hope" for the USA.

Speaking at the Moncloa Palace this lunchtime, Mr Zapatero said that the USA has the opportunity to extend its international influence, and "has many allies willing to collaborate" to address an array of issues facing the world including the global financial crisis, international terrorism, war, poverty and climate change.

Spain and Washington will now be able to share "more projects" and maintain "a more fluid and positive relationship," continued the socialist leader. "I want us to work together where our common interests should bring us closer," he said, referring to Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, "and in the integrated vision we both share."

For his part, PP opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy, has sent a telegram on behalf of the party, congratulating Mr Obama on, what he terms, his "extraordinary" victory.

Mr Rajoy has since wished the next American president "luck and success" in the tasks that lie ahead, especially in tackling the financial crisis. "Spain and the USA should have a stable, fluid and trusting relationship, regardless of whom might be in power," said Mr Rajoy at a press conference at a hotel in Madrid, where he went on to speculate that, in his opinion, the economic situation had been a decisive factor in Mr Obama's election victory.

Moratinos 'convinced' Obama will agree to Zapatero meeting
By: thinkSPAIN
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Spanish Foreign Affairs minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, has said that he is confident that Barack Obama will agree to meet José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, once he takes office next January.

Speaking from Sweden, where he is on an official visit, Mr Moratinos added that he understands that Mr Obama wants "a better dialogue" with Spain and its president, and wishes to improve bilateral relations.

"Our desire is the same, but we must allow time for relations to consolidate, and respect the pace of change of the American administrative machinery, which is slow," continued the minister.

"The American dream has come true. The United States regains its leadership with a desire for a greater multilateralism. Spain will help make the world a better place," he concluded.

Mr Zapatero is expected to appear at the Moncloa Palace later this morning to congratulate Mr Obama on his overwhelming election victory last night.

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