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King and queen of Spain in Mexico for 3-day stop in first state visit to Latin America

  • Spain's King Felipe VI, center, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, walk out to review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Campo Marte military field in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Spain's King Felipe VI, center, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, walk out to review an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Campo Marte military field in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's King Felipe VI, center, poses for the press along with Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, left, and Queen Letizia, right, as they depart City Hall after a meeting in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Spain's King Felipe VI, center, poses for the press along with Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, left, and Queen Letizia, right, as they depart City Hall after a meeting in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's King Felipe VI, poses for the press after a meeting with Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera at City Hall in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Spain's King Felipe VI, poses for the press after a meeting with Mexico City's Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera at City Hall in Mexico City, Monday, June 29, 2015. The Spanish royals are in Mexico for an official four-day visit. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)  (The Associated Press)

The king and queen of Spain are making their first state visit to Latin America with a three-day trip to Mexico.

King Felipe VI said Monday that the ties between Mexico and Spain go far beyond political and commercial connections. Spain is the second largest investor in Mexico behind the United States.

Felipe was in Mexico in December to attend the Iberoamerican Summit in Veracruz, but this is his first state visit since assuming the throne last year.

The king was scheduled to address the Mexican Senate on Tuesday and also meet with business people. On Wednesday, Felipe and Queen Letizia are scheduled to travel to the northern state of Zacatecas.