Felipe VI Closes His Trip To Uruguay Congratulating The New President Of The Country

The king of Spain, Felipe VI, closed his visit to Montevideo to attend the inauguration of the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, personally transmitting his congratulations to the new head of the Uruguayan State. Don Felipe, who arrived in Uruguay on Friday, held the eve of the presidential relay two meetings with Lacalle (who invited him to lunch at his private residence) and with the outgoing president, Tabaré Vázquez. On March 1, he attended, together with other world leaders, the various acts on the occasion of the inauguration. Thus, he was present at the Legislative Palace in the declaration of commitment of constitutional honor by Lacalle and his vice president, Beatriz Argimón. Felipe VI occupied the central seat of the heads of state attending this event, with the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on his left, and that of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, on his right. Next to them were also the presidents of Chile (Sebastián Piñera), Colombia (Iván Duque) and Bangladesh (Abdul Hamid). From the parliamentary headquarters, the guests moved to the Plaza de la Independencia, where outdoors and at the foot of the equestrian statue of the Uruguayan hero José Artigas, the ceremony took place in which Vázquez delivered the presidential band to Lacalle. The king arrived at the square accompanied by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, and also held the central seat of the leaders attending the event. Bolsonaro sat down again on his left while on this occasion he sat on his right Piñera, with whom he talked in a relaxed manner at various times during the ceremony. The heat that was in those moments motivated that many of the assistants, among them several heads of State, were protected with hats, but the king did not use that garment although of some sunglasses. Immediately after assuming power, the new president moved to the nearby José Artigas building to greet the representatives of the countries that came to his inauguration. Felipe VI was one of the first guests who accessed the room where Lacalle, his wife, Lorena Ponce de León, and the new Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Ernesto Talvi, were. The king merged into a hug with the president and exchanged a few words with him before kissing his wife and shaking hands with the head of Uruguayan diplomacy. After the head of the Spanish State, they also transmitted their congratulations in person to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary General of the Casa del Rey, Domingo Martínez Palomo; the ambassador of Spain in Uruguay, José Javier Gómez-Llera; and the monarch’s diplomatic advisor, Alfonso Sanz Portolés. From the Artigas building, the head of state and the rest of his delegation moved to the hotel where they stayed during their stay in Montevideo to go from there to the airport located on the outskirts of the city and take a trip back to Madrid . During his visit to the Uruguayan capital, the king, in addition to attending the events of the presidential relief and interviewing the incoming and outgoing presidents, held a meeting with representatives of the Spanish community that lives in Uruguay. In addition, he starred in two meetings with two of the Latin American leaders present in Montevideo, Sebastián Piñera and Iván Duque.