The prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, began a five-day visit to Latin America on Monday. In the tour he has been meeting with the leaders of Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Costa Rica. Spain is a key investor in Latin America and the visit is also designed to improve ties with the new Socialist government.
However, with the region's reputation for past human rights abuse and dictatorship, the PM's plans to remove the body of Spain's own late dictator, Francisco Franco, to a less ostentatious grave was not far from people's minds. In Chile on Monday he praised that country's efforts to come to terms with the dictatorship of Augustus Pinochet and a national museum on the subject.
In Bolivia, leader Evo Morales promised that, despite controversial past nationalisation policies, Spanish investment was safe in his country at a meeting in Santa Cruz.