​​President Obama with King Felipe in Madrid's Royal Palace
President Obama Visits Madrid & Rota, Spain
​President Barack Obama visited Spain on July 9 &10, making stops in Madrid and Rota. This was the first official visit to Spain of a sitting U.S. president in 15 years. In Madrid, the president met with His Majesty King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace where they discussed the strong state of bilateral relations.

Following his meeting with the King, President Obama met with Interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Palace. Topics of discussion included the political situations of Spain and the U.S., bilateral defense and security relations, the wish to improve commerce and tourism, the state of the European Union considering Brexit, the Refugee Crisis, Spanish relations with Latin America, and other international topics such as the threat of Jihadist terrorism. 

After departing the Moncloa Palace, President Obama met with the leaders of other Spanish Political Parties including Pedro Sánchez, Pablo Iglesias, and Albert Rivera. The President then flew to Rota, Spain where he toured one of the U.S. ships docked there and then delivered a speech to U.S. and Spanish service members working in Spain.

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Meeting with King Felipe at the Royal Palace​​ ​​​​​​
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Meeting with Interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
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Speech to U.S. & Spanish Service Members in Rota ​​​​
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