King Felipe and Queen Letizia in recent days welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Spain for an official visit.
His Majesty and senior Spanish officials met with Al-Sisi at Zarzuela Palace. The King and Queen then hosted a lunch at the Royal Palace in downtown Madrid.
At least some human rights activists blasted the visit because of Al-Sisi’s low tolerance for dissent.
But King Felipe stressed important ties between both countries, particularly in economic development and fighting terrorism.
“Spain is and will continue to be committed to the Arab world in general and Egypt specifically,” said the King.
Also late last month, Don Felipe presided over a meeting of the Royal Institute of Strategic and International Studies.
King Felipe studied international relations and added a foreign policy aide at Zarzuela Palace among his reforms.