MADRID – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy promised Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday that the South American country will continue being a priority of Spain’s developmental cooperation policy, Spanish government sources said.
Rajoy and Morales met at Madrid’s Moncloa Palace, the Spanish premier’s official residence, as part of the Bolivian president’s non-official visit that will also take him to Barcelona.
At the meeting, the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and the state of Latin America in general, while also discussing how Spain might help Bolivia improve its relations with the European Union.
They also noted Bolivia’s excellent relations with Spanish companies that have invested in the South American country.
During his non-official visit this weekend, Morales will meet with the Bolivian community living in Spain, comprising some 150,000 citizens with residency permits.
The Bolivian president will attend Saturday in Madrid the European premiere of the documentary “Insurgentes,” a film in which Bolivian director Jorge Sanjines recreates the Indian uprising beginning with a siege of La Paz in 1781.
This Sunday in Barcelona Morales will meet with social movements as part of the “Comunicando el Cambio” (Communicating Change) fair, a meeting organized by his government, at which he will outline the results of his presidency and the bases of his domestic and foreign policies.