The King and Queen of Spain on Tuesday officially welcomed the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and his wife, Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, for a two-day state visit as the global energy crisis continues to bite amid the war in Ukraine.

King Felipe VI and Al Thani met Sunday at the El Pardo Palace where the emir and his wife will stay during their visit to Madrid.

It is the first time that Al Thani, 41, has made a state visit to Spain since he came to power in June 2013 after the abdication of his father Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The honors ceremony at the Royal Palace on Monday was attended by the Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez, minister for foreign affairs José Manuel Albares, congress speaker Meritxell Batet, president of the senate Ander Gil, and the mayor of Madrid José Luis Martínez-Almeida, among others.