NEW YORK – Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero lobbied Tuesday for a “grand alliance with moderate Islam” to isolate violent Muslim radicals, and he defended “global political action” to achieve peace and security in Afghanistan.
Zapatero made his remarks in an interview with CNN taped in New York, where he traveled to participate in a meeting on climate change and at the opening of the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
Zapatero took advantage of the occasion to defend the Hispanic-Turkish initiative for an Alliance of Civilizations. When asked if Spain, the victim of the deadly commuter train bombings of March 11, 2004, is now safe from Islamic terrorism, he said that “nobody is free of this madness” and therefore he insisted on the need to promote a culture of understanding between civilizations to internationally isolate violent factions. EFE