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Spanish President in New York to explain Spain’s new foreign policy

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero arrived yesterday in New York to co-chair today’s Summit against Hunger, an iniciative organised by President Lula (Brazil), with the support of presidents Chirac (France), Lagos (Chile), Rodriguez Zapatero and UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

Today’s summit is called Innovative Sources of Finance to Alleviate Hunger and Poverty and is expected to attract over 50 world leaders. Afterwards Zapatero, Chirac and Lagos are expected to join President Lula in a press conference.

Tomorrow in the UN General Assembly, President Zapatero is going to address the Assembly for the first time since he became Spain’s leader. He is expected to explain the changes introduced by his government in the Spain’s foreign policy during his address, and will stress his support for “effective mulilateralism” and his respect for international law. He will talk about his ideas for an international order based on collective security and social justice.

The Spanish president will underline his commitment to fight international terrorism and may refer to his decision to withdraw Spanish troops from Irak. He will give a press conference tomorrow too.

Zapatero will not have an official meeting with President Bush during his visit to the US, although he will coincide with him in the lunch hosted by Kofi Annan after the UN Assembly.

He is accompanied during this trip by his wife (it is the first time she has accompanied him on an official trip abroad) and by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.

Meanwhile, Cadena Ser has published the results of its latest opinion poll today. According to the results of the poll, nearly 65% Spaniards support Spain’s new alliance with France and Germany and more than 67% think that Aznar’s alliance with the US was negative for Spain compared to 20% who think that it was positive.

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