The King speaks on the phone with King Juan Carlos during his condolence visit to Abu Dhabi

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The King spent just over two hours in Abu Dhabi this Sunday, where he traveled, accompanied by the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Luis Manuel Cuesta, to convey his condolences to the new president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ) on the death of his father, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan. A lightning and institutional visit in which, as reported by Zarzuela, he spoke on the phone with King Juan Carlos and both have agreed to meet in Madrid, when the latter returns to Spain.

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This Sunday, mid-morning, when reporting the trip, the King’s House has ruled out the possibility of a meeting between father and son despite the fact that King Juan Carlos, who has resided in Abu Dhabi since August 3, 2020 as guest of the Emirati royal family, and also planned to come to pay his respects to the son and heir of the deceased. By clarifying that there would be no contact between Felipe VI and Juan Carlos I, the Zarzuela has dropped that the first time that father and son appear together since the second left Madrid, will take place in Spain.

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In recent days, various media have published that the return of King Juan Carlos to Spain could take place in the coming days or weeks with the intention of visiting the town of Sanxenxo (Pontevedra) where next weekend and, later, between On June 10 and 18, two nautical tests will be held. The Galician town was the last Spanish enclave that King Juan Carlos set foot on before leaving Spain a year and nine months ago. Everything seems to indicate that, once King Juan Carlos decides the date of his return, which will be temporary, a meeting will take place in Madrid between the King and his father, which will be publicly reported to normalize the King’s visits Juan Carlos. As he himself announced in a statement made public last April after learning that the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office had concluded that there were no crimes in his economic activities, King Juan Carlos after his visit to Spain will return to Abu Dhabi .

Chance, or fatality, has wanted that when King Juan Carlos was preparing his return to Spain, the emir died but the possibility, which Zarzuela has ruled out, that the first meeting of father and son in almost two years occurs outside Spanish territory has been ruled out.

The King, following the strict funeral protocol of the Arab countries, represents Spain in the condolence ceremonies in which the relatives, chaired in this case by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayid Al Nahyan, President of the State of the United Arab Emirates and Emir from Abu-Dhabi, they receive the high-ranking Emirati dignitaries, as well as the foreign delegations in a huge room through which they all pass. It is expected that the presidents of France and Turkey, the kings of Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the president of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel, among other leaders, will also attend.

The King has been present at similar ceremonies held in Oman, for the death of Qabus Bin Said in 2020, or Saudi Arabia, for the death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2015.

After the death in September 2020 of Sheikh Sabá al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabá, emir of Kuwait, the King was unable to go to the Kuwaiti capital due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

The official plane in which the King travels, together with the Spanish delegation, has landed in Abu Dhabi around 4 in the afternoon (peninsular time, two more in the emirate) and after a stay of two or three hours, depending on the duration of the condolence ceremonies, the King will travel back to Madrid, where he is scheduled to land early on Monday morning.

Source: Lavanguardia

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