MADRID Ė Spainís King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia welcomed on Wednesday Peruís President Martin Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo and First Lady Maribel Diaz Cabello to the capital of the Iberian nation for the first time since he came to power for a state visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations between their countries.
The Spanish king and queen met Vizcarra and his wife at Madridís Royal Palace.
The Peruvian president would also meet with Spainís Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at his official residence, the Moncloa Palace, where eight bilateral agreements were expected to be signed, reflecting the state of Spanish-Peruvian relations and a move to boost future cooperation, according to a Spanish government statement.
The president arrived in Madrid on Tuesday, but his intense two-day agenda began on Wednesday. His official visit to Spain would continue on Friday as a private visit.
At around 10:00 am local time, King Felipe and Queen Letizia welcomed Peruís president and first lady, after they descended from a vintage National Heritage Rolls Royce.
Both couples greeted each other warmly after having met last November when the Spanish royal couple visited the Latin American country.
After a brief exchange of words, the welcome ceremony continued with a rendition of both countriesí national anthems and a 21-gun salute.
Felipe and Vizcarra then reviewed the Royal Guard before introducing the members of both delegations, which in Peruís case was composed of five ministers and Limaís city mayor, Jorge MuŮoz.
On the Spanish side, the minister of foreign affairs, Jose Borrel, was present along with other high-ranking officials.
The act concluded with a Royal Guard parade that both couples watched from a tribune as a group of schoolchildren waved Spanish and Peruvian flags from the sidelines.
It was Vizcarraís first state visit to Spain since he became president on March 23 after former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was forced to resign.
The visit comes after the king and queen invited Peruís presidential couple to visit Spain last November.
Both heads of state also crossed paths this week at the Ibero-American summit in Antigua, Guatemala.
After the Royal Palace ceremony, Vizcarra will continue to Madridís City Hall where mayor Manuela Carmena will hand him the city keys.
Afterward, the Peruvian president will visit the Spanish parliament where he will address a joint Congress-Senate session.
The king and queen will later host a state luncheon at the Zarzuela Palace, their official residence on the outskirts of Madrid.
A meeting of the Spain-Peru Council Foundation at the Pardo Palace and a banquet gala on the evening will complete day.
On Thursday, the president of Peru will attend a working breakfast at the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations and would later accompany the king and queen to the official opening of Madridís Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid, which opened on Wednesday and this year sees Peru as the guest country.
On Friday, Vizcarraís visit will be extended to include a private agenda to meet business leaders and visit a photographic exhibition on Peruís Nazca plains.