Moroccan ambassador presented his credentials to King Juan Carlos yesterday in Oriente’s Palace. / Picture: A. Rubio
Alberto Rubio. Madrid
Since February 2013 Credentials ceremony was not held at Palacio de Oriente. More than one year after, yesterday, the tradition was recovered. The new ambassadors of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Thailand presented their accreditations to King Juan Carlos I, who while convalescing attended the corresponding ceremonies in Zarzuela’s Palace to follow a more convenient protocol.
Don Juan Carlos, good looking and accompanied by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, was standing at the Nuncio’s Chamber in the Royal Palace. He only used a cane to walk to the place that marks the protocol and even joked about his recovery. He said to the ambassadress of Oman: “soon, I will be running”; and explained to the moroccan representative that he has improved “with so much daily effort.”
Precisely with Mohamed Benyaich Fadel he had a lively conversation in Spanish for some ten minutes. The new Morocco’s ambassador is the son of a grenadine lady and the personal physician of late King Hasan II and until his appointment has maintained the dual citizenship spanish and moroccan, as published yesterday by The Diplomat. According to diplomatic sources both reviewed the extensive range of bilateral relations between the two countries, which have improved considerably in recent years.
Surrounded by great popular excitement, from Santa Cruz Palace and along calle Mayor, the six ambassadors arrived one by one in a carriage and escorted by Horse Guards at Patio de la Armería, where they received honors while the national anthem of each country was played.
Don Juan Carlos joked with ambassadors of Oman and Morocco about his health improvement: “soon I will be running”
The first to present his credentials was the diplomatic representative of Thailand, Busayyah Mathelin. With her the King reviewed the state of bilateral relations between the two kingdoms.
Oman’s ambassadress, Raisi Miyah Jamis Kifaya, was the second to reach the Nuncio’s Chamber. Don Juan Carlos stressed to her the importance of the official visit which he will pay to the Sultanate later this month.
Afterwards, with the ambassadress of Indonesia, Yuli Mumpuni Widarso, the King addressed the possibilities of bilateral cooperation in Defense, Infrastructure and Tourism; with Malaysian ambassador Kennedy Jawan, spoke of Spanish investments in that country; and with the ambassadress of the Czech Republic, Katerina Lukešová, reviewed the policies of the European Union.
Also present to witness the ceremony were the head of the King’s House, Rafael Spottorno, general secretary, Alfonso Sanz Portolés, and Chief of the Military Quarter, Antonio Court.