The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, opens this Thursday in its more strictly diplomatic functions accompanying Felipe VI in the presentation of credentials from seven ambassadors, starting with the new Vatican Nuncio in Spain, Bernardito Cleopas Auza.
The presentation of credentials to the King takes place in the Royal Palace, in a ceremony that dates back to the eighteenth century and with which diplomats are finally accredited before the Spanish authorities.
The head of state receives the letters from each ambassador individually and briefly meets with each of them in the presence of the minister, but several diplomats are grouped together in the same morning to come to the head of state.
Thus, after the Nuncio, this Thursday will also go to the Royal Palace the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Danka Savic; that of Andorra, Vincenç Mateu Zamora; that of Greece, Ioannis Tzovas Mourouzis; that of Malaysia, Akmal Bin Che Mustafa; that of Japan, Kenji Hiramatsu, and that of Mauritania, Kane Boubakar.
The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, which has a long career in international organizations, took office on Monday, just arrived from Geneva, where since 2013 he directed the International Trade Center (Intracen, in its acronym in English) ).
González Laya is dedicating the week to meet with the Secretaries of State who depend on Foreign Affairs, cabinet members and other Ministry staff to gather the necessary information before making decisions on structure and appointments, according to different sources consulted by Europa Press.
MEETING WITH PSOE LEADERS
This Wednesday the minister has also met with the president of the PSOE, Cristina Narbona, and the secretary of International Relations of the party, Héctor Gómez. In his Twitter account, Gonzalez Laya thanked them for “supporting an external action agenda in support of peace, progress and the planet.”
At the moment, the minister has kept the cabinet director Josep Borrell, the diplomat Camilo Villarino – who had been named by the ‘popular’ Alfonso Dastis – in office. The appointment was adopted on Tuesday by the Council of Ministers, along with those of all cabinet heads of ministers.
González Laya participated on Tuesday night in his first public ceremony, a dinner in the framework of Spain Investors Day with his colleague of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, before a forum of investors who received it with great expectation.
“MODERATION AND RESPONSIBILITY”
Before them, he said that the new government begins “a new phase” with a “clear” work program and an attitude of “moderation and responsibility” with the ambition to position Spain “in its rightful place both in Europe and in the world”.
He also said that Spain wants to be an “active and constructive” actor in the European Union, where it considers that there are “great challenges”, such as the future relationship with the United Kingdom, a country with which, after Brexit, hopes to have a relationship “as narrow as possible”, although he stressed that it also has to be “fair”.