SPAIN apologised on Monday for its part in the events that led Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane to be delayed earlier this month during an international search for US fugitive Edward Snowden.
“We recognize publicly that perhaps the procedures used in the Vienna airport by our representative were not the most effective,” Spain’s ambassador to Bolivia, Angel Vázquez, told journalists after dropping the letter off at Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry.
“We regret this fact… the procedure was not appropriate and bothered the president (Morales), putting him in a difficult situation,” Vázquez said.
Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said last week that the country was ready to apologize to Bolivia for inconveniencing Morales, but denied it had closed its airspace to his flight.
Spain is keen to maintain historical ties to South America, a growing export market, and has renewed efforts to nurture relationships with Latin America after expropriations last year by Bolivia and Argentina hit Spanish companies.