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Spain's leader to meet with Obama

world Updated: Sep 18, 2009 19:25 IST

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's office says he will meet with President Barack Obama next month at the White House.

The office said in a statement Friday that the Oct. 13 meeting is being organized at Obama's invitation.

The two leaders conferred in April at an European Union-US summit in Prague, but this will be the first time one receives the other in a formal visit.

Spain has been eager to establish strong ties with Obama, after Zapatero angered then-President George W George Bush by withdrawing Spanish peacekeepers from Iraq in 2004.