Moroccan King Mohammed VI met here Monday with Spain's King Juan Carlos, the first foreign head of state to visit Marrakech since an April 28 bombing at a cafe in the city left 17 people dead.

The Moroccan king went to the residence where Juan Carlos has been staying and the two monarchs then traveled together to the Royal Palace in what sources in Mohammed's household described as a departure from the usual protocol.

Juan Carlos' private visit is intended as an act of solidarity with Morocco and Marrakech in the wake of last month's blast targeting tourists.

Emphasizing Spain's solidarity with Morocco in the struggle with terrorism was a central theme of the 90-minute meeting between the two kings, Spanish diplomats told Efe.

Mohammed VI and Juan Carlos also discussed the "fine state" of bilateral relations and agreed to work for stronger economic and trade ties.

Despite the private nature of Juan Carlos' visit, Mohammed's royal guard welcomed the Spanish king with the honors customary for a state visit, Moroccan official sources said. EFE