Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras met in Madrid on Monday with the President of the Spanish opposition Popular Party Mariano Rajoy and, speaking afterwards, said "we agreed on the need for reforms, with emphasis on the curbing of public extravagance, on balanced budgets and, of course, on the defining of a common -at last- European Foreign Policy."

"Greece and Spain, under socialist governance today, are before great economic and social problems. Both our countries must find once again the path of economic growth, with the creation of jobs and with substantive measures for strengthening competitiveness," Samaras added.

The ND leader further said "we agreed with the leader of the Popular Party of Spain on the need for an overall and effective handling of the debt crisis in the countries of the Eurozone. And we agreed, mainly, on the need for Growth. Growth is the secret in the economy."

Samaras also said "we discussed the crucial developments in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East and on the challenges being created in the wider region," adding "we also discussed the intense problem of illegal immigration that has taken on uncontrolled dimensions."