U.S., Spain Meet in Tampa to Forge Ties

Eduardo Aquirre  U.S. Ambassador to Spain, U.S. C

'Beyond Bilateralism' is the theme for this year's gathering of business, government, cultural and educational leaders from Spain and the U.S.

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez welcomed the group to Tampa and cited the city's rich Spanish heritage. U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is one of the key note speakers.

GUITERREZ: U.S. Economic ties are growing, U.S.-Spain economic ties are growing and we believe that they can grow even more - that they can be larger and stronger. Last year the United States imported $8.6 billion in goods from Spain - that's a $2 billion growth over 2003 a 30 percent increase.

He says the U.S. exported almost $7 billion to Spain last year. The U.S.- Spain Council Annual Forum runs through tomorrow.

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