London, September 19 (EFE).- The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Alvares, said this Monday that “the roles (representing Spain) are clearly defined” at the funeral of Elizabeth II, in view of the expectations generated by the presence of the King Emeritus, Juan Carlos I. and “the head of state is obviously Felipe VI”.
In a statement to the Spanish media at the gates of the Spanish Embassy in the UK, the minister referred to the commotion caused by the arrival of Emeritus in the British capital to attend the funeral and recalled that “the King Emeritus is in London. Responding to an invitation in a personal capacity and, therefore, I believe that clearly defined roles happened and why they are here,” Alvarez clarified.
In any case, he emphasized, “Spain today in London is clearly in the hands of the head of state, who is King Philip VI with the Queen.”
Close relations between Spain and the United Kingdom
On the occasion of the state funeral, the Spanish politician valued the image of Elizabeth II and said that the queen represented for Spain, “what the United Kingdom is, its relationship with us through the royal house and a symbol of some of the values that we share with the British, of democracy, the rule of law, a rule-based We also share the search for international order».
Asked about the relationship the Spanish government wants to build with new Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss, she admitted that Spain wants to “achieve the closest possible relationship with the UK”.
Both countries have “many elements in common that remain fundamental to Spain, Brexit and even the UK outside the EU”, he observed.
These include “a large colony of Spanish nationals in the United Kingdom and British nationals in Spain (…), security and defense (…) and trade relations, which are very close”, without forgetting the “dialogue on Gibraltar” in which the area is a zone of common prosperity. achievement.