MADRID – King Juan Carlos of Spain welcomed Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Thursday for talks on bilateral relations and Ibero-American matters.
“Just a few of you today, eh?” the monarch joked upon entering the audience chamber at the Zarzuela Palace and observing the big crowd of journalists waiting to take pictures and videos of him greeting Correa.
The visiting head of state shook hands with the king while expressing his gratitude for being received and said he was “very happy” to see him.
After posing for the press, the king and Correa had a working meeting accompanied by Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño and Spain’s secretary of state for international cooperation and Ibero-America, Jesus Gracia.
Correa, who arrived in Spain on Tuesday to accept an honorary degree from the University of Barcelona, was to meet later with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
He will remain until Saturday in Madrid, from where he will travel to Genoa, Italy.
During his stay in Madrid, Correa’s agenda includes a meeting with the Ecuadorian community here and a visit to Spain’s Automation and Robotics Center.
On Sunday, the Ecuadorian president will again meet up with Spain’s king, at a solemn Mass in Rome for the canonization of popes Juan XXIII and Juan Pablo II.