BUENOS AIRES – Spain’s King Emeritus Juan Carlos met on Wednesday with Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on the eve of his inauguration.
Juan Carlos, who was received by Macri at the Buenos Aires government headquarters, delivered a letter from his son, King Felipe VI, in which he expressed his congratulations on the president-elect’s election victory and invited him to visit Spain.
“Let’s see if you can come to Spain,” said Juan Carlos after greeting the Argentine leader-to-be.
“Of course. That would be wonderful, as soon as possible,” Macri answered at the beginning of a meeting that lasted a little over half an hour and was conducted in a cordial atmosphere.
Accompanying Juan Carlos at the meeting was Spain’s secretary of state for Ibero-America, Jesus Gracia.
Macri received the king emeritus and Gracia with his future foreign minister, Susanna Malcorra, and the new secretary of strategic affairs, Fulvio Pompeo.
Before the meeting, Juan Carlos presided at the closing ceremony for the “Visions of the impact of innovation on our lives” forum, the first Latin American event sponsored by the COTEC Foundation for Innovation in Spain, with the assistance – among others – of the CEOs of Spain’s Telefonica, Cesar Alierta, and Argentine oil company YPF, Miguel Galuccio.
The king emeritus will conclude his agenda on Wednesday by meeting with the representatives of the Spanish community in Buenos Aires.
Juan Carlos on Thursday will attend the events surrounding Macri’s inauguration.