ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — King Juan Carlos of Spain has begun a visit to the United Arab Emirates by telling the oil-rich nation that it is at the top of his country's political and economic agenda.
The Spanish head of state made the comments at the start of an economic forum on Monday in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Spanish government ministers and representatives of major Spanish companies.
The king's visit is expected to focus in large part on boosting trade with the Gulf region as Spain struggles to grow its economy and battle near-record levels of unemployment.
The king will visit Kuwait next, and plans to return to the region over the coming months for visits to Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.