“In view of the approaching anniversary of our diplomatic relations, I think we would be truly happy to see the King of Spain in Lithuania. And, perhaps, to play basketball with him, if this goes well,” he told reporters.

On Thursday, Nauseda met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at the Lithuanian Air Force's Air Base in Siauliai.

“I thank very much the president for an invitation for the King of Spain to come to Lithuania,” Sanchez said.

Lithuania and Spain established diplomatic relations in 1922 when Spain recognized Lithuania de jure on July 27 that year. On October 7, 1991, diplomatic relations were re-established.

Spain's King Felipe VI, 53, acceded to the throne in 2014 following the abdication of his father Juan Carlos.