Rajoy meets King Felipe VI in Mallorcan palace

THE SPANISH PRESIDENT Mariano Rajoy arrived at Marivent Palace earlier today for what will be his first meeting with King Felipe VI at his summer residence.

The pair are expected to discuss Spain’s current political situation and the economy as well as worldwide affairs, including the treatment of Spaniards affected by the Ebola virus.

The head of state was waiting to meet Rajoy in front of the palace, where they exchanged a few words before posing for photographs.

The president arrived in Palma after spending a few days in Doñana National Park, and after the meeting, is expected to stay for a lunch hosted by the King before going on to join his family on holiday in Ribadumia, Pontevedra.

From there the president will travel to Santiago de Compostela for a meeting with the German Chancellor Angel Merkel.

This first meeting between Rajoy and King Felipe in the royal summer retreat will also be the last this year, as King Felipe is set to return to Madrid next week, where a second meeting is scheduled to take place.

It is thought that Spain’s economic recovery will dominate the conversation today, together with the issue of the effective treatment and containment of the Ebola virus.

Earlier this week, Spanish priest Miguel Pajares arrived in the country from Liberia. He is believed to be the first European to have contracted the virus which is currently spreading through the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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