Iraqi President Barham Saleh (R) receives the King of Spain Felipe VI in the capital Baghdad on January 30, 2019. King Felipe visited special forces helping Iraq fight jihadists, during the first trip by a Spanish monarch to the war-ravaged country in four decades, a diplomat said. Image Credit: AFP

Baghdad: Spain’s King Felipe VI arrived in Iraq on Wednesday in the first visit there by a Spanish monarch in four decades, a diplomat told AFP.

The king, whose country is part of an international coalition battling Daesh, visited Spanish special forces and was set to hold talks later in the day with President Barham Saleh.

Iraq in 2017 declared victory over Daesh following a bruising months-long campaign backed by the coalition, which continues to carry out operations against the militants.