Spain’s New Prime Minister Thanks ARF Bureau

YEREVAN (YERKIR)– Spain’s newly elected prime minister Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero–in a letter thanked Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau representative Hrant Margarian–both for the party’s condolences and congratulations–reported the ARF press service.

In a March 12 letter–the ARF Bureau conveyed condolences and offered support after the Madrid bombings–and on March 15–congratulated Zapatero for his party’s victory in the parliamentary election.

Zapatero said that his wish is that his party’s victory will serve to benefit the international community. "Now more than ever–we need to restore dialogue and multilateral cooperation in order to change cultural and economic inequality–which gave rise to terrorist attacks," Zapatero’s letter concludes.

Zapatero is the Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party–which has established close ties with the ARF–since the latter became a member of the Socialist International recently.

Zapatero–who became the youngest member of Spanish parliament in 1986–is considered moderate–adhering to a more social democratic ideology than socialist. His right-hand-man is the Galician member of parliament–Jose Blanco.

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