Friday, November 16th 2012 - 05:47 UTC

Battered Spain hosts Ibero-America summit pinning hopes in its success

The XXII Ibero-American summit which takes off Friday in the city of Cadiz will be focused on the Euro zone crisis and the need to boost investments in Latin America of which Spain can become the “vertebrate axis” said Spanish Foreign minister Jose García Margallo.

King Juan Carlos and President Rajoy are expected to play leading roles

The event expected to re-launch the role of Spain as a ‘bridge’ between Europe and Latinamerica in the southern city of Cadiz will also be attended as special guests by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

Spanish president Mariano Rajoy will open the talks on the Euro-zone crisis in his contacts with Latam leaders, a region which has managed to challenge the current global slowdown in much better conditions that the European Union.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos will preside over the Ibero-America summit which will not be as attended as expected since the presidents from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Paraguay, Guatemala and Uruguay, for different reasons will not be present.

Garcia Margallo rejected any “second intentions” in the absence of President Cristina Fernandez who was on line with President Rajoy to apologize her absence on medical recommendation.

“The Argentine president, as all of us has virtues and defects, but one of her virtues is that she is plain clear about what she thinks. If she wanted to be rude with Spain she would have no qualms about it”, said the minister discarding point blank any link of her absence with the ongoing conflict over the nationalization of Spain’s Repsol YPF branch.

“We have much to discuss with Argentina which will be represented by the Vice-president and the Foreign Minister, and they are also very much interested on a statement, joint declaration regarding the Malvinas, so there is no room for speculations”, insisted Garcia Margallo.

The summit will address the need to create jobs, both in the Iberia peninsula and Latam, promote infrastructure, a sector in which Spain has much to offer because of its international corporations as well as promoting trade. On the sidelines of the summit deliberations there will be business conferences and forums and numerous bilateral meetings between attending leaders.

Spain’s Rajoy is scheduled to meet Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos; Chile’s Santiago Piñera; Honduras, Porfirio Lobo and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. Minister Garcia Margallo is also expected to discuss with his Cuban peer Bruno Rodrigues, the situation of Spanish citizen Angel Carromero imprisoned in Cuba.

The meeting in Cadiz will take off on Friday at the Saint Philip Neri Oratorium, where 200 years ago was proclaimed Spain’s first constitution also known as ‘La Pepa’, when the King in Madrid had succumbed to the invasion of Napoleon forces.

The Spanish 1812 liberal constitution of Cadiz established for the first time the rule of the law, the concept of national sovereignty, individual rights and freedoms, the independence of government branches and all are the same before the law.

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1 Gordo1 (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:37 am Report abuse
Everybody will be bored by the Falklands/Malvinas being brought up again! What a time waster!
2 ChrisR (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 11:06 am Report abuse
“We have much to discuss with Argentina which will be represented by the Vice-president and the Foreign Minister, and they are also very much interested on a statement, joint declaration regarding the Malvinas, so there is no room for speculations”, insisted Garcia Margallo.

Well, so that's decided then.

This is a taste of what is likely to happen once the Islands Referendum has been published and in defiance of the UN: business as usual by the lying RG and Spain.
3 surfer (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 01:43 pm Report abuse
CFK hasn't got time to go to this, got a potential default situation to observe.... game over possibly/probably very soon....
4 Conqueror (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 03:22 pm Report abuse
Spain is, of course, one of the “weak links” of Europe. Major economic and financial problems, massive unemployment, internal rebellion, too many fond recollections of fascism and dictatorship, external belligerency (Gibraltar, Morocco). Heading rapidly toward the status of failed and rogue state!
5 Ayayay (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 05:32 pm Report abuse
She probabl tt
6 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
It'll probably be a bit of a non-event without Cristina...
7 surfer (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:02 pm Report abuse
Argentina really knows how to look after their friends, stabbing them in the back, how the rest of the the world will celebrate when Argentina goes bankrupt, again.

Can't come soon enough, justice, how sweet you will taste.
8 Liberato (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
Surfer, In ww2 Argentine donated thousens of tons of food to Spain, every month, fresh food. What did Spain to us in 2001 in our worse moment?. they made a loan to us with huge interests rates. So they made money and now claimed to have made us a favour.
In 2001 we were alone, broke and with no friends except our Mercosur Partners.
Spain in 2001 discriminated our citizens who traveled there to make a living, for work to sustain their families. A pregnant woman was deported from the airport when she had all the requirements and work permits to reside there.
That was Spain in 2001. A piece of crap. Their companies are making billions in Argentina and southamerica. Thats how good their are treated here.
Thousens of Spanish are comming here for the same reason our people traveled to Spain in 2001.
9 briton (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
just like CFK he is seeking support,
just like CFK they will ignore him,

10 surfer (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:59 pm Report abuse
The time for evening the scores is upon us!

The colonialists and pirates are about to pay, then default, at long last....This Kirchernist experiment has failed absolutely.
11 Frank (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 11:22 pm Report abuse
Three comments come to mind

No honour amongst thieves

Entre putas y cabrones, no hay fijones.


A match made in heaven
12 Ayayay (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 11:35 pm Report abuse
@8 2001 was when the amount of help coming to Argentina from Australia, U.S., and Eu rope jumped UP.
13 briton (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 09:36 pm Report abuse
Argentina is broke; CFK has not yet told her people, still is still awaiting another victory,
Anything and everything to distract her people will help CFK,

So she may well be a dangerous person, at this moment in time, trying to provoke trouble.
14 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
“The event expected to re-launch the role of Spain as a ‘bridge’ between Europe and Latinamerica”

Please re-arrange these words into a famous phrase or saying:-

Can't piss-up Brewery Organise They a in a

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