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Joe Biden in Spain to discuss Afghanistan war, global economic crisis

Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Spain to meet with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos for talks.

By AP / May 8, 2010

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (R) and US Vice-President Joe Biden give a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on May 8, 2010. Vice President Biden is on a two-day visit to Spain, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU. Biden is expected to focus talks on the war in Afghanistan, the Greek debt crisis and the meeting of the G-20 in Toronto in June.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Spain to meet with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos for talks.

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The visit follows Biden's trip to Brussels, where he told the European Parliament that Washington remains determined to deploy its planned anti-missile system in Europe to counter the danger of Iran's nuclear program and its long-range ballistic missiles.

In Madrid, Biden is to discuss bilateral issues, the war in Afghanistan and almost certainly the global economic crisis, including Greece, the U.S. Embassy said.

On Friday, Biden met with the king at Zarzuela Palace. On Saturday, he holds talks with Zapatero and visits a Spanish military base to meet troops due to return to Afghanistan.