Spain's King Juan Carlos outlined to The New York Times editorial board on Monday the "real" situation of his country's economy and assured journalists and executives that the Iberian nation "will forge ahead" and leave the crisis behind.
The Spanish monarch met for 90 minutes with the board headed by Chairman and Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. and Times editor Jill Abramson, a spokesperson for the royal household told Efe.
Accompanied by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo and top aide Rafael Spottorno, Juan Carlos detailed to the board "the truth about Spain and about the economic, political and social situation of the country."
The royal spokesperson described the meeting as one of the contacts the king is making to promote "Brand Spain" during his visit to New York, where he arrived to take part as a guest at the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative.
The monarch wanted to impart to the board a message of confidence in the Spanish economy and said that Spain has sufficient strength to "forge ahead" out of the crisis, the spokesperson said.
King Juan Carlos met Sunday with former President Bill Clinton for almost an hour, during which time they discussed the economic situation in Spain and the European Union, as well as the latest outbreak of violence in the Arab world and the Nov. 6 U.S. elections. EFE