Gerardo Burgallo./ Photo: mfa.gov.ua
The Diplomat. 20/05/2017
The Spanish Government has already requested the placet of the Vatican authorities to appoint the diplomat Gerardo Bugallo as new ambassador to the Holy See, according to information provided to The Diplomat by reliable sources.
Bugallo, who will replace Eduardo Gutiérrez, future ambassador to Lisbon, is at the moment ambassador to Ukraine, the country in which he will remain until the visit the Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, plans to make to that country halfway through June takes place.
Bugallo is 62 years old and he has been a diplomat since 1984. He has a long career in which he has held, among other positions, those of Director General for Asia, the Pacific and North America, deputy permanent representative before the UN organizations in Geneva, and consul general to Sydney.
Milagros Hernando, Ambassador for Mediterranean Affairs, and Vicente Canelles, Ambassador to Albania
On the other hand, the Cabinet announced yesterday the appointment of Milagros Hernando Echevarría, who, between May 2012 and April 2017, was leading the Spanish Embassy in Lebanon, as Ambassador on Special Mission for Mediterranean Affairs.
Hernando was born in 1957 in Bilbao and she was appointed, in 2000, as director of the Office of the Secretary of State for European Affairs and, in July 2005, as director general for Planning and Assessment of Development Policies. In May 2008, she was appointed as director of Department of International Policy and Security of the Office of the President of the Government.
Besides, Vicente Canelles has been appointed as Spain’s Ambassador to Albania, replacing Silvia Cortés. In his long career as a diplomat, the new ambassador has been assigned to Turkey, Japan and Mexico. Besides, he has been adviser of the secretary general of the Congress of Deputies and he has held the second leadership in the Spanish Embassy in Rome.
Furthermore, the Government appointed Ignacio Ybáñez as Ambassador to Belorussia, with residence in Moscow, and Aurora Díaz-Rato as Ambassador to Liechtenstein, with residence in Berne.