UNITED NATIONS, June 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday congratulated Felipe VI on his coronation as King of Spain.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Thursday night, Ban wished Felipe VI and Queen Letizia every success in fulfilling their important responsibilities.
"The Secretary-General is grateful for the Royal couple's active engagement in the areas of sustainable development, promotion of human rights, and the fostering of dialogue among civilizations," the statement said.
The UN chief also paid tribute to the "outstanding public service" former King Juan Carlos has rendered for the past four decades and expressed his best wishes to him and Queen Sofia.
"He looks forward to continuing the close cooperation between the United Nations and the Kingdom of Spain in efforts to address pressing global challenges," said the statement.
Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbon y Grecia -- the new king's full name -- was crowned on Thursday at the Spanish parliament after his father abdicated the throne.