The Government of Spain has officially announced Thursday that the Kings will make a state trip to Cuba between November 12 and 14, as advanced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Acting Cooperation, Josep Borrell.
According to a statement from the General Directorate of Communication and Diplomatic Information, this state trip “is part of the commemorative events of the V Centenary of the foundation of the city of Havana.”
He adds that “it will serve to reflect, at the highest level, the excellence and intensity of bilateral relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Kingdom of Spain.” A state trip is the ultimate expression of relations between two countries. The Kings will travel accompanied by Minister Borrell.
That of Felipe VI will be the first state visit of a Spanish King to Cuba. Juan Carlos I traveled to Havana in 1999, but it was not a bilateral relationship trip, but to attend an Ibero-American Summit.