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Spain allows Bolivian President''s jet to enter airspace.

| MADRID, July 3 (KUNA) -- The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Spain has granted permission for the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to fly home, coming from Russia, through Spanish airspace.

In a press statement, the Foreign Ministry said Spain also allowed Morales' plane to make an emergency landing at airport in Canary Islands.

Spain denied reports about demanding the inspection of the plane before its expected departure.

Bolivian authorities has revealed that the Presidential plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Vienna after being denied entry of French and Portuguese airspace amid rumors that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

Bolivia's foreign minister denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was travelling with President Evo Morales in his plane.

The Spanish TV has revealed that the Spanish ambassador had mediated with Morales to persuade him to have a coffee with him on the plane, an attempt to make sure Snowden is not on board but, Morales refused.

Meanwhile, Bolivia's regional allies Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela rallied behind Morales, voicing outrage.

Reports are circulated about a call by Ecuadoran Foreign Ministry for an emergency summit for Latin American leaders to discuss the issue. (end) hnd.ibi KUNA 031659 Jul 13NNNN

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Date:Jul 3, 2013
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