Washington – U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will meet next week in Europe with Spanish Prime Minister-elect Mariano Rajoy as part of ongoing consultations on the euro crisis.
Geithner will be the first U.S. Cabinet official to meet with Rajoy since the incoming premier's conservative Popular Party won a landslide victory in Spain's Nov. 20 general elections.
The treasury chief plans to be in Europe Dec. 6-8 "for discussions with his counterparts on their efforts to reinforce the institutions of the euro area," according to the department statement.
Geithner's trip will begin in Frankfurt, where he is to meet with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and with the governor of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, before heading to Berlin for talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble.
The secretary will travel to Paris for discussions with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Finance Minister François Baroin and then fly to Marseille to meet with Rajoy, who will be in France for other engagements.
The journey will conclude Thursday with a stop in Milan for conversations with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, the Treasury Department said.
"Spain is obviously a close partner and ally of the United States, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the future government of Spain on a wide range of issues," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier this month, congratulating Rajoy on his electoral triumph.
Rajoy is to take office Dec. 21.