June 15, 2010 / 7:20 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Spain says IMF visit unrelated to bailout reports

* Meeting scheduled before bailout reports—govt spokesman

* Spain has denied such reports

* Talks between Strauss-Kahn, Zapatero to be wide-ranging

(Recasts with Spanish government spokesman, pvs WASHINGTON)

MADRID, June 15 (Reuters) - Talks between the Spanish prime minister and the International Monetary Fund chief set for Friday are unconnected with media reports Madrid may seek a Greek-style bailout, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Madrid has repeatedly denied reports in the past days that Spain may seek aid from a new 750 billion euro ($1,006 billion) European Financial Stability Facility as early as this week.

“The visit has nothing to do with reports of this type. In fact, the visit was set up ... long before these reports appeared,” a spokesman for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Reuters when asked about the planned meeting.

“What has appeared in recent days in the German press and other media over there being some sort of aid from the IMF or the European Commission, has been absolutely denied by the government, the IMF and the Commission,” he added.

Zapatero’s spokesman said the talks with IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn would cover a wide range of issues such as Spain’s stint as rotating president of the European Union, which ends later this month, a meeting of EU leaders on Thursday and another of G20 leaders in Canada on June 26-27.

“Effectively, they will include structural reform measures the government is undertaking, the labour reform to be approved tomorrow by the cabinet, and other measures to tackle the deficit, as well as measures by other countries and other economic zones,” the spokesman added.

Spain is implementing several simultaneous economic programmes to boost sluggish growth and rein in a burgeoning budget deficit while bond markets fret about contagion in the euro zone following a bail-out for debt-laden Greece. [ID:nLDE65E1P6] (Reporting by Martin Roberts; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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