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Statement from John Kerry on Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero's Iraq Decision

Location: Washington, DC

April 18, 2004

For Immediate Release
Washington, DC

John Kerry issued the following statement on Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero's Iraq Decision:

"I regret Prime Minister Zapatero's decision. Spain and all the world have an interest in rebuilding an Iraq that is not a haven for terrorists and a failed state. I had hoped the Prime Minister would have reconsidered his position, and I hope that in the days ahead the United States and the world can work with him to find a way to keep Spain engaged in the efforts in Iraq.

"Rather than losing partners, I believe it's critical that we find new coalition partners to share the burden in Iraq. We need to offer to share responsibilities with the United Nations, NATO and others, so they will work with us in Iraq to achieve security, stability, and freedom."

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