Seven ambassadors – those from New Zealand, Iran, India, Afghanistan, Malta, Croatia and Peru – yesterday presented their Letters of Credence to King Felipe VI at the traditional ceremony held at the Palacio de Oriente.
It is the second time, in just twenty days, that this act takes place. In total, fourteen new ambassadors have formally delivered their diplomatic accreditation in Spain in less than one month. They are more than half of 26 that passed through the Royal Palace on the four occasions that the ceremony was held last year.
The new heads of Mission are Nigel Donald Fyfe (New Zealand), Hassan Ghashghavi (Iran); Sanjay Verma (India); Humayoon Rasaw (Afghanistan): Giovanni Xuereb (Malta); Nives Malenica (Croatia); and Claudio Julio de la Puente Ribeyro (Peru).
All of them talked briefly with the King in the room next to the Nuncio’s Hall, where the formal ceremony took place and which this time was attended by the Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell.
In the previous ceremony, on January 16, the ambassadors of Antigua and Barbuda presented credentials; Brazil, Congo, Costa Rica, Senegal; Kuwait and Uzbekistan.