Rajoy to Obama: Spain will always be ally against terrorism

Madrid, Apr 16 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama that he will always find Spain to be an "unconditional ally" in the fight against terrorism, a declaration made in response to the bombings in Boston that left three people dead.

In a telegram to Obama, Rajoy also expressed his condolences over the attack, which wounded more than 130, according to a statement released by the Spanish government.

"I ask you to extend our condolences and the solidarity of all Spaniards to the relatives of the deceased as well as to the wounded, for whom we wish a quick recovery," the prime minister wrote to Obama.

Rajoy recalled that his country "has known pain and indiscriminate suffering in similar situations" and therefore he reiterated to Obama that "you will always find in Spain a firm and unconditional ally in the struggle against violence and terrorism."

Nearly 200 people were killed and some 1,500 injured on March 11, 2004, when Islamic militants detonated backpack bombs on Madrid commuter trains during the morning rush hour.