MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s foreign secretary noted Monday the “great leadership” of King Juan Carlos of Spain, who announced that he is abdicating in favor of Crown Prince Felipe.
Juan Carlos “has contributed, during a reign of almost four decades, to Spain’s consolidation as a modern democracy,” Jose Antonio Meade wrote on Twitter.
He also spoke of the “great leadership” the Spanish monarch has exercised “in favor of a solid, united Ibero-America.
In a subsequent statement, Meade’s office underscored the king’s “invaluable historical contribution to reestablishing democracy in Spain, and all he has done to maintain the fraternal ties of friendship and cooperation that characterize Spain’s relations” with Mexico.
The monarch “has been an iconic figure who has strengthened ties between Spain and Latin America,” Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat said.
Throughout his reign, King Juan Carlos has made five state visits to Mexico, as well as a journey to Guadalajara for the first Ibero-American Summit.
Meade congratulated Crown Prince Felipe.
“I am sure we will reinforce (bilateral) ties,” Mexico’s top diplomat said on Twitter.
Meade recalled that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will be visiting Spain next week.
“Relations between Mexico and Spain are characterized by an extraordinary dialogue at all levels of government,” the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.