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Obama: U.S.-Spain Cooperation "Has Never Been Stronger"

Published on 15 January 2014

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Washington, D.C.

Barack Obama And Mariano Rajoy
Barack Obama And Mariano Rajoy

“Security cooperation between the United States and Spain has never been stronger,” says President Obama. In remarks to the press after his January 13 meeting in the White House with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey (above, at center right), Obama thanked Spain for its support on counterterrorism issues and cooperation in helping countries like Libya to stabilize.

“We agree that the United States and Spain can be effective partners on the international stage in moving towards a more prosperous, more peaceful and more stable world,” Obama said.

Obama lauded Rajoy’s successes in stabilizing the economy of Spain and reducing the country’s deficit.

“We pledged to continue to cooperate closely, to promote strategies for growth and job creation,” Obama said of his discussions with the prime minister.

“One of those strategies is to put together a trans-Atlantic trade agreement,” Obama said. “We both agreed that there’s enormous potential for increasing trade and growth between two of the largest economic actors in the world, but it will require intensive work and serious compromise on all sides. And the prime minister and I agreed that it’s well worth the effort.”



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Posted 2014-01-15 08:40:00