President of Colombia continues on official visit to Spain | News

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The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and the First Lady, Verónica Alcocer, were received this Wednesday by the Kings of Spain, Felipe VI and Letizia, at the Royal Palace of Madrid, on the occasion of their first state visit to the European nation. .


President of Colombia begins first official visit to Spain

Upon arrival, there was a greeting between both delegations and an exchange of first words. Later, they posed for the media and went to the box to listen to the national anthems and the traditional 21-gun salute.

Next, the King and the Colombian president reviewed the honor battalion of the Royal Guard. After that, the four greeted both official delegations.

After the welcome, Petro went to the headquarters of the Spanish Congress where he delivered a speech in a joint session of deputies and senators. During his speech, he warned that the climate crisis is not something "in which we can believe or not believe" and stressed that "the ostrich policy" is useless, since it will only contribute to speeding up the process.

In this sense, he affirmed that "we have to save Humanity" and for this "science is the one that can lead us to a better path". He indicated that "decisions must be made so that life can exist on this planet, and that demands policies and an attitude in the leaders."

Likewise, he stressed that one of the greatest existing riches is diversity, which is why he ensures that he is committed to understanding between the different regions. Along these lines, he recognized the importance of the summit between the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) next July, in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, under the Spanish presidency of the European Council.

The president received the Medal of the Congress of Deputies of the Iberian nation from its president Maritxell Batet, and together with the president of the Senate, Andrés Gil.

For his part, Batet proclaimed Spain's "firm support" for the peace process in the Latin American nation, in its capacity as accompanying country in the negotiations.

After their stay in parliament, Petro and his wife will meet the king and queen for lunch at the Palacio de la Zarzuela, the monarch's residence.

The Colombian president arrived in Madrid, the capital of Spain, on Tuesday with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations and addressing the peace process in the Latin American nation, in addition to the energy transition, tourism, infrastructure and education.

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