By Humphrey Carter

THE Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will be flying to Palma next week for his second and final summer meeting with King Juan Carlos at Marivent Palace.

This week's tragic air crash is going to dominate the meeting which is scheduled to take place next Thursday.
The Prime Minister cancelled his summer holiday on Wednesday and headed to Madrid to witness the crash scene and meet rescue workers and then comfort the grieving families of the victims. King Juan Carlos flew to Madrid from Palma to also meet rescue workers and the families of the victims. He was accompanied by Queen Sofia who returned from the Beijing Olympics earlier in the day.

The King and the Prime Minister held their first meeting on August 1 and the country's economic problems topped the agenda in Palma.
After the meeting, Zapatero unveiled the government's plan to involve the private sector and regional governments in the management of Spanish airports which handle over 30 million passengers per year.

Although the King has ended his summer holidays early because of the crash, he and Queen Sofia are expected to go ahead with the annual end of summer dinner they host at Almudaina Palace in Palma to thank the local authorities.

This summer, King Juan Carlos has received the President of Mauritania, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, whose country has since been rocked by a coup, the controversial President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez and the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayez.


To be able to write a comment, you have to be registered and be logged in.

* Mandatory fields

Currently there are no comments.