Pastrana y Dudamel./ Photos: Guillermo Ramos Flamerich, CC BY-SA 3.0/Venezuela Sinfónica
The Diplomat. 24/03/2018
The Council of Ministers yesterday approved two Royal Decrees granting Spanish nationality by letter of nature to the former president of Colombia between 1998 and 2002, Andrés Pastrana, and the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
According to the Government, during his time as mayor of Bogotá (1988-1990) and during his time as senator and especially as president of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana favored “always bilateral relations with Spain”.
To this is added that the wife and children of the former president have Spanish nationality and that Pastrana owns a house in Spain, in which he resides for seasons and with which he is closely linked.
The exmandatario is a member of the Club de Madrid, a debate organization that brings together more than a hundred former heads of state and government, and belongs to the Carolina Foundation, an institution for the promotion of cultural relations and cooperation in educational matters and scientific between Spain and the Ibero-American countries and other countries with special historical, cultural or geographical links.
Both are married to a Spanish woman and have strong ties to our country
For his part, Gustavo Dudamel, born in Venezuela, is a prestigious musician who serves as director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Symphony of Gothenburg and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
Among other merits, in 2012 he won the Grammy Award for best orchestral performance and in January 2017 he was entrusted with the direction of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the traditional New Year’s concert, which made him the youngest director in front of this famous event. Dudamel, according to the Government, “maintains a special relationship with our country for family and cultural reasons and is married to a Spanish citizen”.