Spain, Venezuela renew political dialogue

Madrid, Jun 14 (EFE).- Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua had a meeting Friday in Madrid that proceeded "on very cordial terms," the ministry said in a communique.

The note said the meeting also served to relaunch a political dialogue.

It was the first meeting between the ministers following the controversial results of April's special presidential election in the Andean nation.

Margallo and Jaua discussed the chief topics on the bilateral agenda, "agreeing to continue the political dialogue relaunched in this meeting," the Spanish foreign ministry said.

The two men noted the "good trade relations" between their countries, which in 2012 amounted to 2.88 billion euros ($3.84 billion), and urged its growth and improvement.

Margallo emphasized "the excellent qualifications and competitiveness" of the Spanish companies operating in Venezuela, and recalled that Spain "continues to be one of the principal investors in the country."

Margallo said Thursday that Spain "hasn't burned any bridges" with Venezuela, adding that it has had frequent meetings with Venezuelan authorities, the most recent with Caracas' erstwhile ambassador in Madrid, now a member of the Nicolas Maduro government.

Jaua said Friday that relations with Spain are developing with "normalcy and respect," and that all he asks of its government is "not to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs."