King Attends First Ibero-American Summit

King Felipe marked a milestone of his young reign this week by attending his first Ibero-American summit as Spanish head of state.

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King Felipe arrives in Mexico. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Don Felipe met with business and political leaders from around Latin America and the Iberian peninsula at the Veracruz, Mexico gathering.

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King Felipe with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Ibero-American summit is seem as a venue for Spanish international influence, plus interactions with its former colonies.

But lackluster turnout has prompted observers to recommend reforms to the summit, perhaps less frequent meetings.

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Group picture. © Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos

Spain has strong economic and cultural ties to Latin America, something the Spanish Crown has been working to strengthen.

Before becoming King, Don Felipe was Spain’s official representative to presidential inaugurations in Latin America. It was a way for the former prince to become known in the region.

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