King Felipe spoke during the opening session of this year’s United Nations General Assembly with an eye on international and domestic crises.
Don Felipe spoke about Spain’s view concerning a host of international difficulties, including the Syrian civil war.
He also acknowledged problems at home, including a political impasse that has blunted Spanish diplomacy, and the difficult Catalan question.
“All advanced democracies, like ours, go through complex moments,” said the King. “But they overcome them with the strength and cohesion of their societies, the solid nature of their institutions, freedom and the rule of law.”
During a separate meeting on refugees, the King said, “We must favor the integration of refugees and legal means for immigration,” and pressed for shared responsibility.
King Felipe met with a roster of world leaders, including President Obama and British Prime Minister Theresa May, and with members of the Spanish diplomatic corps.
Queen Letizia had her own agenda, including meetings dealing with global health and women’s rights.