A Spanish police officer and a rescue worker look over the wreckage of the Barajas international airport car park in Madrid, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Rescue workers keep searching for two people missing in the rubble of a thunderous car bomb blast blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA that shattered a nine-month-old cease-fire, officials said. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday telephoned Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a gesture of support ahead of the tenth anniversary of the March 11, 2004, terrorist attack in Madrid.
Obama expressed solidarity with the families of the 191 people killed and nearly 1,800 injured when Islamic militants detonated backpack bombs on Madrid commuter trains, according to Spanish government sources.
Besides discussing the attacks, the president and the prime minister took advantage of their conversation to comment on various issues within the bilateral relationship.
In addition, they talked about the evolution of the situation in Ukraine, according to the officials.
Rajoy expressed to Obama Spain's position on the matter, which includes pursuing dialogue and defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine, principles he had expressed last week to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Madrid.
The Spanish prime minister met with Obama at the White House in January and the two men will see one another again within a few days at The Hague, where they will participate with other world leaders in a nuclear security summit.