Turkey’s bid for membership of the European Union has been always supported by Spain and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Louis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Monday that Spain will continue to do so.

Spain to back Turkey's bid for EU membership, says PM ZapateroSpeaking at a press conference in Madrid along with Turkish Prime Minister Recerp Tayyip Erdogan, Zapatero said that Spain was trying to open up four new chapters in the negotiations for Turkey’s membership in the EU during the period in which it holds the EU Presidency.

He went on to add that energy, which the Greek Cypriot administration had cut off, was one of those chapters. He also stated that the Spanish government was trying to bring forth an agreement on the issue of Cyprus and its activities had the support of all parties.

Stating that Spain had the same view as Turkey on many issues, Zapatero also underlined Turkey’s important role in the political, cultural and economic relations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He further added that Spanish companies had very good relations with companies from Turkey, and Turkey was a place of interest for Spanish companies looking to invest in infrastructure.

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