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 (BestGrowthStock) – 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.

(Reporting by Martin Roberts; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

UPDATE 1-Spain says IMF visit unrelated to bailout reports