The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created a new Honorary Consulate in Leeds (United Kingdom) and has modified the circumscription of the one it already had in Nottingham, in the same country.
This is established in a ministerial order published this Friday in the Official State Gazette, which explains that the changes are a consequence of the creation of the Consulate General in Manchester in 2020, which led to the disappearance of the existing Honorary Consulate in that city that served the areas of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.
The creation of the new Honorary Consulate in Leeds, capital of North Yorkshire, is justified by the fact that this city is home to one of the three existing Cervantes Institutes in the United Kingdom and that it is the main city in the region. The new Honorary Consular Office will also cover the county of West Yorkshire, which has 2.3 million inhabitants and a large Spanish colony.
Finally, the demarcation of this Honorary Consular Office in Leeds includes South Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire, which belonged to the Honorary Consular Office with the status of Honorary Consulate of Spain in Nottingham, whose demarcation is restructured.
The Honorary Consular Office in Leeds will be attached to the Consulate General of Spain in Manchester.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has modified the circumscription of the Spanish Honorary Consular Office in Chennai, in the Republic of India, which until now only covered the State of Tamil Nadu, and which will now include the former French territories of Pondicherry, now Puducherry, in order to be able to attend to the numerous Spanish tourists who travel to the area.
The decision was taken after noting that, despite the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some Spaniards have taken up residence in the region and, as normality returns and barriers to international travel are removed, the Puducherry territories are once again among the most attractive tourist destinations in India for Spaniards.