U.S. President Bill Clinton told Spain’s King Juan Carlos Sunday that he was confident Spain will get through the economic crisis during a meeting in New York at which the pair discussed the latest outbreak of violence in Muslim countries and the upcoming U.S. election.
The meeting - which took place before the official inauguration of the Clinton Global Initiative, which kicks off Sunday in New York - lasted 45 minutes, according to sources within the Royal Palace, who added that the two men also spent 10 minutes talking in private.
The conversation revolved around three subjects, with special attention to the situation of Spain and the European Union, and the former president said that Spain, just like Italy and Portugal, has enough strength to get through the crisis, adding that he was confident that Germany will agree to act for the benefit of the EU.
The second area of discussion at the meeting was the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election and although Clinton said he was confident that President Barack Obama would win reelection, he acknowledged that there is still a long way to go before the election, the palace sources said.
The Spanish monarch and Clinton also discussed the recent outbreak of violence in the Muslim world after the release of a video made in the United States in which Mohammed is depicted in a unfavorable and humiliating light, something that denigrates Islam’s founding prophet and which Muslims consider blasphemy, and the ex-president acknowledged that he was “very concerned” over the situation.
Throughout the remainder of Sunday, the Spanish king will hold informal and private meetings with other leaders in New York, while on Monday he is scheduled to have lunch with Jordan’s King Abdullah, a spokesman for the Royal Palace confirmed.
During his stay in New York, the king will also participate in the reception offered by Clinton, who governed from 1993-2001, for the heads of state and government who are attending the Clinton Global Initiative before departing for Spain on Monday evening.