King Felipe VI has met this Sunday with the newly inaugurated president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, moments before the latter took office in Bolivar Square.
After holding a meeting with outgoing President Ivan Duque at Casa de Nariño –the official residence of the President of Colombia–, Felipe VI has moved to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet with Petro.
The King was joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares. Once there, they met with Vice President Francia Márquez and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva.
After that, the King moved to the Plaza Bolivar, where the ceremony of Transmission of the Presidential Command took place. After the Cordon of Honor, Felipe VI went to the waiting room, where the other heads of state and government, former Colombian presidents and special guests were present.
Later, the King went to the Casa de Nariño, where, in the courtyard, a ceremony to honor the outgoing President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque, took place.
He then entered the building, where, together with the other heads of state, he again greeted Gustavo Petro, the First Lady of the Republic of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer, as well as Vice President Francia Márquez and the head of Colombian diplomacy Álvaro Leyva.
After the meeting, the King went to the airport, where he was seen off with a Cordon of Honor and by Colombian authorities as well as by the Spanish Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, thus ending his stay in Colombia.
Felipe VI has traveled to the Latin American country to attend the inauguration of Petro accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares Bueno, as reported by Casa Real.
The Royal House emphasizes that the visit of the King and Minister Albares reaffirms Spain’s will to continue strengthening the solid bonds of friendship that unite the two nations, accompanied by shared values that benefit the citizens.