Span­ish Em­bassy Cel­e­brates Na­tional Day in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Em­bassy of Spain in Saint Lu­cia cel­e­brated the Na­tional Day with a re­cep­tion of­fered by the Span­ish Am­bas­sador, H.E. José María Fernán­dez López de Turiso, at the San­dals Grande Re­sort.

Dur­ing the event, the ac­claimed Span­ish bari­tone, Luis Llaneza song tra­di­tional Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can songs, ac­com­pa­nied by the pi­ano of the lo­cal artist Jardè Pierre. Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet, Sir Derek Wal­cott and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the diplo­matic corps and the Span­ish com­mu­nity in Saint Lu­cia at­tended the event that was the first of a se­ries of cul­tural and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions between Spain and St. Lu­cia.

These ac­tiv­i­ties will be con­tin­u­ing next 22nd Novem­ber with the con­cert of the ac­claimed Jazz Fla­menco band of Jorge Pardo, one of the most an­tic­i­pated cul­tural events for that month in Saint Lu­cia. The Span­ish Am­bas­sador em­pha­sized that since 1986, The Am­bas­sador of Spain of­fered Sir Derek Wal­cott a spe­cial edi­tion of Don Quixote, the mas­ter­piece of Span­ish writer Miguel de Cer­vantes, on the 400th an­niver­sary of his death. both coun­tries have main­tained a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship, be­ing fur­ther strength­ened in the past year by the open­ing of the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Spain in Cas­tries.

The Am­bas­sador noted that Spain in­tends to con­tinue strength­en­ing its ties with St. Lu­cia, through the de­vel­op­ment of new av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion in mat­ters such as tourism, re­new­able en­ergy, or the de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture, all fields in which Spain´s lead­er­ship are rec­og­nized glob­ally.

The Prime Min­is­ter thanked Spain for the in­ter­na­tional sup­port and high­lighted the co­op­er­a­tion between both coun­tries in fields as the teach­ing of the Span­ish and so­cial projects for young per­sons. The Prime Min­is­ter also noted that many bonds link Spain to the coun­tries of the Eastern Car­ib­bean, as well as many com­mon chal­lenges that both coun­tries face.

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