The Spanish royal family begins a delayed state visit to Germany
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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, second left, and his wife Elke Buedenbender, left, greet Spain’s King Felipe, second right, and Queen Letizia, right, for a meeting at Belevue Palace in Berlin, in Germany on Monday, October 17. 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
BERLIN – King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have embarked on a state visit to Germany which has been delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and will see the monarch and the German president open the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.
Felipe was received with military honors by the President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Monday at the Bellevue palace of the German head of state in Berlin.
“Finally we are here – we are very happy about it,” Felipe said. He said Germany and Spain are “united by the principles of freedom, democracy and the rule of law”.
The King is also due to hold a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz; visit the German Parliament, Berlin City Hall, and the capital’s Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of Germany’s post-Cold War reunification; and attend a German-Spanish forum which will address issues such as the transition to a greener future and digitization.
Felipe and Steinmeier are to open the Frankfurt Book Fair together on Tuesday. Spain is the guest of honor at this year’s fair, which runs until Sunday.
“We hope this will contribute to further promote the Spanish language and culture as vectors of mutual understanding between our two peoples,” Felipe told reporters at the presidential palace.
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