Spanish royal visit to UK postponed due to snap election

Spanish royal visit to UK postponed due to snap election

20th April 2017, Comments 0 comments

Spanish King Felipe VI is considering rescheduling his royal visit to Britain due to the country's early election on June 8, Spain's foreign minister said Thursday.

The king and his wife Letizia, who had been forced to postpone their planned visit last year because of the political crisis in Spain, had been scheduled to visit Britain on June 6-8.

But Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Madrid did not think it was appropriate for the visit to go ahead at a time when the British parliament will be dissolved and lawmakers will be in the midst of an election campaign.

"It does not seem the right time to hold a visit," he told a joint news conference with his visiting Mexican counterpart Luis Videgaray.

A final decision on the visit, and a future date, will be announced by both royal houses, he added.

The last Spanish state visit to Britain was that of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in 1986.

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