The President of France on Saturday welcomed Spain's new Prime Minister for a meeting at the Élysée Palace to discuss their positions ahead of a European Union summit on migration in what was the Madrid leader's first official visit abroad since taking office.

Emmanuel Macron and the Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, who was sworn in on June 2 after a vote of no confidence ousted his conservative predecessor, are scheduled to have a working lunch in which they are to analyze bilateral relations and topics on the European Council agenda.

"Europe needs convinced supporters of Europe who fight for freedom and social rights," said the Spanish government on its official Twitter account, alongside an image of Sanchez on his way to France.

The pair had already spoken over the phone about the Aquarius, an SOS Méditerranée vessel with over 600 rescued migrants on board that was not allowed to dock in Italy and was eventually welcomed to Spain.

They are also to discuss a joint eurozone reform proposal announced by Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday.

A summit between 16 European Union heads of state and government to discuss recent tensions over migration is scheduled for Sunday.