Spain seeks to strengthen ties with Caricom

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Spain's ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago says the European country wants to strengthen relations with the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc known as Caricom.

Jose Maria Fernandez Lopez De Turiso says he wants to establish a joint commission with officials of the Guyana-headquartered Caricom to oversee trade, aid and general affairs in the region. He said late Thursday during a visit to Guyana that the Spanish government also wants to arrange a summit in July in the Caribbean.

Spain has provided about $20.5 million in aid to the region in the past decade. The announcement comes as Caribbean countries are preparing to seek a formal apology and debt cancellation from former colonizers, including Spain, Britain and France.

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