First Time in 40 Years, Spain's King Felipe Visits Iraq

Spanish King Felipe VI on Wednesday arrived in Baghdad for the first official visit by a Spanish monarch to the Iraqi capital in four decades, according to the state media.

At a formal reception, Iraqi President Barham Salih received King Felipe. Salih received the Spanish king at his office in the Green Zone in central Baghdad and they discussed bilateral ties, state-run Iraqiya channel said.

The king, whose country is part of an international coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq, held talks with the commander of the coalition and expressed his gratitude for their efforts.

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Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
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Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh awaits the arrival of the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh awaits the arrival of the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi honour guards are pictured during a welcome ceremony for the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi honour guards are pictured during a welcome ceremony for the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh awaits the arrival of the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh awaits the arrival of the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi honour guards are pictured during a welcome ceremony for the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi honour guards are pictured during a welcome ceremony for the King of Spain in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP
Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight terrorists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP