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Internation Role of Spain

     The statements issued by governments about their foreign policies often hide their intentions. Spain has two related policies which it hopes will give it a special position. The first is to tie in with the Arab countries, with which its Arab past supposedly gives it a special relationship.
     The other is to promote ties with another pro-Arab country, Russia. Prime Minister José María Aznar is visiting Moscow. He hopes to join it in serving as an arbiter in the Kosovo mess. In preparation, Spanish TV interviewed Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, former ambassador to Spain. Why he speaks perfect Spanish is not clear. He said he speaks daily with his Spanish counterpart, Abel Matutes. Spain feels left out of the European nucleus, namely France and Germany, so it is linking up also with another excentric country, the United Kingdom.

Ronald Hilton - 05/13/99