The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, came to Iceland yesterday and met with Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir in the Government Offices in the evening, discussing the European Union, among other matters.
The Government Offices. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Spain will assume the presidency of the EU at the beginning of next year and at the meeting, Moratinos and Sigurdardóttir discussed what issues Spain plans to emphasize during their EU presidency, as stated in a press release from the Prime Minister’s office.
According to an AFP press release, Moratinos said he hoped EU accession talks with Iceland and Croatia could be concluded during Spain’s presidency, which ends in June 2010.
“That could be a good final outcome of the Spanish presidency: to end the presidency with two new member states. One from the south, Croatia, and one from the north, Iceland,” Moratinos said.
Moratinos and Sigurdardóttir also talked about the relations between Iceland and Spain, which have a long history, and the need for further discussions between their governments, for example, on their joint interest in fisheries.
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