Spain's King Juan Carlos on Sunday discussed the political situation in the Middle East with Jordan's King Abdullah II during their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in this capital.

The Spanish monarch, who is continuing to recover from the surgery he underwent a month-and-a-half ago and is moving about with the aid of crutches, received the Jordanian king at the door of the palace with a warm and prolonged embrace.

In a brief statement in English, the Spanish head of state thanked Abdullah for his visit and then the pair posed for media photographs at the palace entrance before heading to breakfast in a chamber within.

For about 90 minutes, the two monarchs spoke about the Middle Eastern situation, officials at the Royal Palace confirmed to Efe, but they also discussed personal matters since they have a very friendly relationship.

Abdullah II stopped in Madrid after making a trip to the United States, where he met with President Barack Obama, and visiting Jordanian troops participating in the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti, officials said.

The last time that Juan Carlos held a bilateral meeting with the Jordanian monarch was on Sept. 20, 2012, in New York, where the pair were participating in the annual Clinton Global Initiative sessions that convened about 1,000 key international figures and experts to discuss the great challenges facing mankind around the world. EFE