Juan López-Herrera and Jesús Silva.
The Diplomat. 11/03/2017
The Council of Ministers yesterday appointed Juan López-Herrera as the new Director General of Bilateral Relations with European Union Countries, Candidate Countries and Countries of the European Economic Area, as The Diplomat advanced.
López-Herrera, former ‘number two’ at the Embassy in London with Federico Trllo, was also head of the General Affairs department of the Office of Diplomatic Information and deputy head of the Protocol Office of the Presidency of the Government, among other positions.
Likewise, as The Diplomat had also advanced, the Government appointed Jesús Silva as ambassador to Venezuela to fill the vacancy left by Antonio Pérez-Hernández, who will soon be appointed general director for Ibero-America. From November 2014, Silva was the head of the public engineering company Ineco.
The Council of Ministers yesterday appointed six other ambassadors. Aurora Díaz-Rato, who served as counselor in the permanent representation of Spain before the European Union, has been elected to Switzerland; Álvaro Iranzo, former Director General of Foreign Policy for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa, is the new ambassador to Saudi Arabia; and José Ramón Barañano is the new representative of Spain in India, a place that had been vacant for more than a year after the resignation of Gustavo de Arístegui.
New ambassadors in Switzerland, Dominican Republic, India, Saudi Arabia, Equatorial Guinea and Vietnam
Also, Alejandro Abellán has been appointed ambassador to the Dominican Republic, after having served as Director General of Coordination of Common Policies and General Affairs of the EU; Guillermo López Mac-Lellan will represent Spain in Equatorial Guinea in substitution of Arturo Spiegelberg; and Maria Jesús Figa, former deputy secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ambassador to Finland to date, will go to Vietnam, a nomination also advanced by The Diplomat.