CARTAGENA, Colombia – Former Spanish King Juan Carlos has arrived in Cartagena to attend the signing of the peace agreement ceremony between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The plane, with “Reino de España” (Kingdom of Spain) written on the fuselage, landed shortly before 4:30 p.m. local time (2130 GMT) during a torrential downpour at the Rafael Nuñez International Airport in Cartagena.
King Juan Carlos, who reigned Spain from 1975-2014, abdicated in 2014 in favor of his son Felipe, but retained his title.
The former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez also traveled on the same flight.
The King was received by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Colombia, Patti Londoño, the Spain’s ambassador to Colombia Ramon Gandarias, and the director of Spanish Cooperation Center in Cartagena, Mercedes Flores, who sheltered from the rain under umbrellas.
Aside from former King Juan Carlos, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will also attend the peace agreement signing ceremony, to be held on Monday at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Center.
The peace deal, negotiated in Havana for 45 months and five days, will be signed by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, and FARC’s top leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, alias “Timoshenko,” before some 2,500 guests from Colombia and abroad.