Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to visit Chile, Peru, Panama and Algeria during 2013, and his agenda of international travels also includes a meeting at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Rajoy's first trip abroad this year will be to Algiers to participate in the 5th High-Level Meeting between Spain and Algeria, according to Spanish government officials.
The economic crisis, the situation of countries that participated in the "Arab Spring" and the threat of terrorism throughout the Sahel region will be some of the main issues that will be discussed at that summit.
The premier will cross the Atlantic to Chile at the end of January to participate on the 26th and 27th at the European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit, which will be attended by numerous leaders from both regions.
Once that summit has concluded, Rajoy will depart for Lima on an official visit to Peru on Jan. 28, a trip that will include a meeting with that country's president, Ollanta Humala.
February will begin with a trip to Berlin on the 4th, where Rajoy will preside with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual bilateral summit.
Also in the first half of the year, although the date has not yet been set, Rajoy will travel to the United States to meet with Obama at the White House.
Among Rajoy's international appointments during the second half of 2013 will be the G20 Summit on Sept. 5-6 in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as the High-Level Meeting with Turkey, the bilateral summit with Italy and the Ibero-American Summit in Panama. EFE