King Juan Carlos said Saturday that Spain, in its negotiations with its European partners to deal with the country's severe financial crisis, will emerge "with a smile" on its face.
He made that vow to reporters at the end of his official visit to India and prior to his return trip to Spain, which has won Indian support for its candidacy to be a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council thanks to the monarch's negotiations, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said.
The king, who was grateful for India's collaboration with Spain in the G20 - "this is always a give-and-take," he said good-humoredly - expressed his satisfaction at the way Indian authorities have understood the economic plight of Spain and the eurozone and the measures being taken to end the crisis.
In that context, he urged Spaniards to present a united front to the world. "Very often we Spaniards stab a knife in ourselves," he said to illustrate his perception that Spain's image is better abroad than in the country itself, which, when you think about it, he said, "makes you want to cry."
The ranks of Spain's unemployed climbed by 85,000 in the third quarter to more than 5.75 million, pushing the jobless rate to a record 25.02 percent, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Friday.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government forecast in July that Spain would end the year with an unemployment rate of 24.6 percent.
The figures released Friday come from the INE's workforce survey, which also shows the number of people with jobs down by 96,900 to 17.3 million.
"It is sad of course," the king commented about Spaniards'economic problems and particularly the joblessness, "but we're going to survive it."
He said he was very pleased with his visit to India as he was with Spanish business owners and executives abroad, whom he praised for their long-term commitment to the nations where they invest, and said experience shows that, in foreign countries, companies and the government "have to work together."
The king said he would like to visit China soon to support Spain's economic interests there, as he did in Russia and before that in Brazil and Chile. EFE