The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Thurs­day July 7th, the Em­bassy of the Ar­gen­tine Repub­lic to Saint Lu­cia and the OECS cel­e­brated Ar­gentina’s Bi­cen­ten­nial In­de­pen­dence, to com­mem­o­rate the events of July 9th, 1816 and the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, which led to the eman­ci­pa­tion of Ar­gentina from Span­ish colo­nial rule.

The re­cep­tion, held at the San­dals Hal­cyon ho­tel, was hosted by Mr. Ramiro Al­fonso Hi­dalgo, Chargé d’Af­faires of the Ar­gen­tine Em­bassy, and hon­oured by the pres­ence of H.E. the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Heads of Diplo­matic Mis­sions and In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tions, Gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties, Ar­gen­tine cit­i­zens, and other dis­tin­guished guests.

H.E. the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, dur­ing her open­ing re­marks, re­called the ef­forts and strug­gles of Saint Lu­cia and Ar­gentina to achieve their in­de­pen­dence, and un­der­lined the mu­tual ben­e­fits of strength­en­ing the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

The Chargé d’Af­faires of the Ar­gen­tine Em­bassy, dur­ing his speech, high­lighted the com­mon chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that both Ar­gentina and Saint Lu­cia face as de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and re­gional neigh­bours. He also em­pha­sised the need to take full ad­van­tage of ex­ist­ing com­ple­men­tar­i­ties to en­hance trade, deepen tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion, ex­plore lan­guage train­ing pro­grammes, among other ar­eas with much po­ten­tial for work­ing to­gether.

With only two years since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ar­gen­tine Em­bassy in Saint Lu­cia, Mr. Hi­dalgo stressed that this was only the be­gin­ning of a part­ner­ship with much space to grow.

The cul­tural event fea­tured live folk­lore and tango per­for­mances by dancers Os­car Ca­ballero and Karel Wol­berg, and mu­si­cians Miguel Vet­torello (ban­do­neon) and Jorge Pinil­los (gui­tar). The guests also en­joyed a se­lec­tion of art­work from Ar­gen­tine painters Floren­cio Molina Cam­pos and Nora Ini­esta.

The Em­bassy of Ar­gentina wishes to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all the guests for their pres­ence, all the staff at San­dals Hal­cyon, and Bar­bay Ltd. and La Cantina Wines for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion of Ar­gen­tine wines.

Karel Wol­berg and Os­car Ca­bellero dance Tango ac­com­pa­nied by Miguel Vet­torello on ban­do­neon and Jorge Pinil­los on gui­tar.

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