The unexpected death of Antonio García Ferrer, Deputy Director General of the Office of Gibraltar Affairs, has been deeply mourned in diplomatic circles, from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, to the Chief Minister of the Rock, Fabian Picardo.
Thus, the head of Spanish diplomacy wrote on Twitter her grief at the death of “a great professional and appreciated colleague. And the Association of Spanish Diplomats (ADE) reported the death of García Ferrer, whom it described as “a great diplomat and a better person.
For his part, Fabian Picardo sent a letter to González Laya in which, after expressing his condolences, he referred to “the efforts and generosity of García Ferrer during the numerous negotiations carried out to reach an agreement on Gibraltar in the framework of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. According to the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, “Garcia Ferrer became a highly valued partner and earned the respect and friendship of the negotiators of Gibraltar.
British Ambassador Hugh Elliot also expressed his condolences on his Twitter account, adding: “On behalf of Antonio’s many friends in British diplomacy, we greatly regret the loss of an exemplary diplomat and a much-appreciated colleague”.
Also the mayor of La Línea de la Concepción, Juan Franco, said of him that “was a person of open mind, with extensive knowledge of the situation of our region, its relations with the Rock and its international and local perspectives. “His death -he added- is a sad loss on a personal level and also on a professional level, in a position very much linked to the future of the city”.
For his part, the Mayor of Algeciras, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, stressed that “he was a person who knew very well the needs of the Campo de Gibraltar, and defended the interests of the region and the area as well as had a great knowledge of the talks and negotiations with the British Government and the colony in relation to the Brexit”.
And the former president of the Association of Municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar, Juan Lozano, stressed on Twitter “his worth and professional and human quality”.
In the same social network, the former secretary of the EU Marco Aguiriano, who worked with him for several years, said: “His impeccable professionalism, creative, calm and determined in ‘the problem’, thorny, of the Spanish diplomacy, was only exceeded by his kindness, solidarity, objectivity, and sense of humor”.