Santo Domingo.- In one of his last acts as Dominican head of state, president Leonel Fernández received credential letters from the representative of the Holy See along with delegates from international organizations and members of the consular corps accredited in the country, who will attend today’s inauguration ceremonies for president-elect Danilo Medina.
During the event, which took place at the National Palace Ambassadors’ Hall yesterday, the president spent several minutes speaking with the special guests.
Fernández was accompanied by outgoing vice president Rafael Alburquerque and foreign relations minister Carlos Morales Troncoso.
The event was attended by Ambassadors Raúl Yzaguirre of the United States, Arturo Olivieri of Italy, Park Dong-Sil of South Korea, Eklil Ahmad Hakimi of Afghanistan, Ms. Iva Camille Gloundon of Trinidad & Tobago, and Godelieve Van Den Bergh of Belgium. The Vatican’s head of mission Luigi Bianco, Héctor Timerman of Argentina, Hugo Roger Martínez of El Salvador, and Alfredo Moreno of Chile were also present.
Ambassadors on special missions who attended yesterday’s event included Youssef Amarani of Morocco, Annastassios Petrovas of Greece, Pasi Patokallio of Finland, Bader Mohammad of Kuwait, Vladimir Zaesmky of Russia, Edita Hrdá of the Czech Republic and Olatokunboh Kamson of Nigeria.
Representing the Organization of American States (OAS) secretary general José Miguel Insulza, María de Jesús Conde Zabala of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mcdonald Benjamin of the World Bank, Iván Ogando Lora of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Ms. Diane Quarless from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).