On January 16, 2019, the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Dario Item, was received in the Royal Palace of Madrid by the King of Spain Felipe VI. He presented his letters of credence that have credited him as the new ambassador of the island state in the Kingdom of Spain.
Along with Dario Item, representative of Antigua and Barbuda, King Felipe VI accepted the credentials letters of Kuwait ambassador Ayadah Alsaidi, of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón, of Uzbekistan Jakhongir Ganiev, of the Democratic Republic of Congo Louise Nzanga, of Brazil Pompeu Andreucci and of Senegal, Mariame Sy Epse.
The seven diplomats arrived at the Royal Palace in Madrid in a carriage, guided by the civil staff of the National Heritage – dressed in historical costumes – and were all accredited as new representatives of their respective states within spanish territory.
Afterwards, the new ambassadors in Spain were received by members of the Royal Guard in the armoury courtyard. The national anthems were played during the meeting.
Dario Item presents his credentials to King Philip VI of Spain
Dario Item was the first, among the seven new ambassadors, to present the credentials useful to exercise the functions of ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda in Spain.
Announced by the staff of the diplomatic ceremonial, Dario Item has delivered his credentials directly to King Felipe VI, standing in high uniform in the center of the hall of the Royal Palace.
The ceremony was held in the most traditional solemnity, as established by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, which sets out the relations between States, ambassadors functions and prerogatives .
As usual, the event was witnessed by Josep Borrell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain. Among the present, the head of the House of the Rey, the diplomatic adviser of the House of the Rey and the military assistant of the Fourth Military Force of Spain.
As per protocol, at the end of the ceremony, Dario Item and the other new ambassadors had an individual conversation with King Felipe VI, as the beginning of bilateral relations about great interest issues.
At the end of the meeting, the new ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Dario Item, was taken to his embassy by the staff of the diplomatic ceremonial of the Royal Palace.
Diplomatic relations between Spain and Antigua and Barbuda
The diplomatic relations between Spain and the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda began in 1988.
The Prime Minister of Antigua, Baldwin Spencer, went to the 2006 and the 2008 summits organized by Spain and CARICOM, the “Caribbean Community”, the international organization of the states bordering the Caribbean Sea. Antigua and Barbuda is a member of CARICOM since 1974.
In 2014, the General Director for Latin America, Pablo G Gómez de Olea, visited the city of Saint John’s, capital of Antigua and Barbuda. A few months later, the former Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, arrived on the island to participate in the summit of the Caribbean Community, the CARICOM.