The director of House of America Tomas Poveda opened the presentation of The Diplomat in Spain. At his right side, left to right, The Diplomat’s director, Alberto Rubio, Ireland’s ambassador to Spain, Justin Harman, and the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Mendívil./ Picture: Lara Rubio.
Julio García. Madrid
Our digital portal, “The Diplomat in Spain”, addressed to diplomats accredited in Spain and expatriates resident in our country, had its public presentation in an event taking place in the House of America of Madrid in front of more than a hundred people, being among them many ambassadors, diplomats, businessmen and journalists.
The director of House of America, Tomás Poveda, who opened the event, highlighted “the value” that “The Diplomat in Spain” has: providing a virtual space “to bring embassies accredited in the Kingdom of Spain and the Spanish civil society closer”. Besides, he said that the publication becomes a “natural ally” of the network of Houses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, because it informs about the activities developed by these institutions daily.
For his part, the director of “The Diplomat in Spain”, Alberto Rubio, explained that the journal is intended to be a reference for the diplomatic community and also for foreigners resident in Spain. Rubio thanked the diplomats for their ideas and suggestions to set this new digital communication platform in motion. He pointed out that “The Diplomat in Spain” is bilingual and it is addressed both to diplomats and to foreigners already living in Spain and to those coming soon.
They will have information about Spain, politics, economy, culture and other fields. The journal will also provide details about the information and the activities generated by the embassies. He added that the journal also helps its readers to connect and access services in order to meet the needs of expatriates, such as housing, schools, moves or domestic services, among others.
A useful journal that must be “accurate and reliable”, according to the undersecretary for Foreign Affairs
For his part, the ambassador of the Irish Republic in Spain, Justin Harman, emphasized that “this digital journal could be the background for a bigger rapprochement between the diplomats and the Spanish society”.
Harman assured that this digital platform can help the diplomatic community to distinguish between the information that is relevant and the one that is not, and he pointed out that it can also be useful for the diplomats’ spouses and for their families while settling in Spain.
Finally, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Mendívil, praised the daily purpose of “The Diplomat in Spain” to inform about aspects concerning the diplomatic body, and he asked for that information to be transmitted with the “greatest rigour and seriousness”.
He also stressed the fact that the journal wants to make the daily life of the diplomats and the expatriates in Spain easier, “which makes –he sentenced– good sense”.
Video of the presentation: