Kerry expresses support for Spain's economic measures

Washington, Apr 30 (EFE).- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed support for the economic decisions taken by the Spanish government, while visiting Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo offered his backing to Washington in its upcoming negotiations for a trade treaty with the European Union.

"I know what a challenge and what difficult choices they have had to make in order to get back on the economic track," Kerry said at a joint press conference with Garcia-Margallo at the State Department.

The United States supports Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's "efforts to advance the fiscal and the financial reform," the secretary said.

Garcia-Margallo emphasized on Tuesday Spain's intention to help Washington achieve its objectives in the negotiations that will begin in June to create a free trade zone and reach an agreement on investments in the EU, which once completed will be the biggest bilateral trade deal ever achieved.

"And I was also saying to Secretary Kerry that our purpose is to be the best ambassador of the United States within the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership," said Garcia-Margallo after the meeting.

Kerry thanked his Spanish counterpart for the authorization to deploy for one year at the Moron military base in southern Spain 500 U.S. Marines and eight aircraft with the aim of protecting installations and personnel stationed in countries that experienced the "Arab Spring" and those in the Sahel.

"When an emergency arises, we obviously need to be able to respond at a moment's notice, and these Marines are helping to make the United States, Spain, our allies and our partners more secure. And we're grateful for that help," Kerry said.