In the evening hours of December 1, he arrived in Barranquilla from Madrid, Spain, King Felipe VI, who will fulfill a busy schedule in the framework of the International Congress of Jurists, organized by the World Jurist Association (WJA).
The head of state will be in the capital of the Atlantic for two days during which he will deliver the so-called ‘Nobel Prize in Law’ by the WJA in recognition of the country’s legal institutions as well as the solidity of the Colombian Magna Carta that this year turned 30 years of validity.
What’s more, King Felipe VI will have a meeting with the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, to discuss bilateral and regional issues as a second phase of the dialogues undertaken by both last September in Moncloa.
The Spanish monarch will spend the night in the Weather in Casa Catinchi, a heritage property in the city of Barranquilla, located in the Plaza de la Paz complex, where Pope John Paul II resided during his visit to the country in 1986.
The building, of republican-neoclassical architecture, is the only survivor of the Las Quintas neighborhood, a space with extensive historical content for the capital of the Atlantic, was chosen by the King’s Security Outpost to dispatch during the time that it will remain in Colombia.
Upon his arrival in Barranquilla, Felipe VI was received by the Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez, the ambassador of Spain in Colombia, Joaquin de Arístegui, and for him Colombian ambassador in Madrid, Luis Guillermo Plata. The retinue of the king is composed of the Minister of Justice of Spain, Pilar Llop, and dignitaries of the Spanish Royal House.
Agenda of the visit of the King of Spain Felipe VI in Barranquilla
The monarch will begin his public agenda at noon on Thursday, December 2, at a luncheon in his honor organized by the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia.
Later, at 3:00 pm, The King, Minister Llopis and the Spanish Ambassador to Colombia, Joaquín de Arístegui, together with the Governor of Atlántico, Elsa Noguera, and the Mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, will visit the Pumarejo Bridge to the north of the city.
This visit is significant given that the bridge works were carried out by the Spanish construction company Sacyr, near the mouth of the Magdalena River. At the end of the afternoon you will attend the inauguration of the monument of the World Peace & Liberty Award.
The closing of the monarch’s agenda will be a meeting with a representation of the Spanish community in the Cantichi de Barranquilla house.
On Friday, December 3, he will speak at the meeting of closing of the World Congress of Jurists where will deliver the World Peace & Liberty Award to President Iván Duque, who will receive him on behalf of Colombian society.
The last activity of the king in Barranquilla will be a lunch in the building The Icon, the highest in the city, inaugurated by a group of Spanish investors from the real estate sector led by Cerámicas La Paloma, based in Toledo.
This is the second visit that Felipe VI in five years to Colombia: The king participated in October 2016 in the XXV Ibero-American Summit that took place in Cartagena de Indias.