A delegation from the Embassy of Chile in Great Britain, headed by the Ambassador Rolando Drago, visited Northern Ireland and Wales at the beginning of June to strengthen ties between our country and those regions.
Activities in Northern Ireland included a visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly, where Ambassador Drago was received by the speaker Mr. Mitchel McLaughlin, government Ministers, and other MLAs. There were also meetings with the University of Ulster, the Armagh Observatory, and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland. As a farewell to Belfast, a wine tasting was held for hoteliers and restaurant owners, which was organised with the support of the future Honorary Consul of Chile in Belfast, Lady Mary Ballyedmond.
In Wales, Ambassador Drago was welcomed by the First Minister of Wales The Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM, with who he discussed the current political reality in the UK and areas of interest for both parties. Meetings with Cardiff and Swansea University, leading authorities on measures for sustainable development and unconventional renewable energy, and organisations promoting bilateral trade were also included. A special visit was made to St Thomass Church, in the town of Neath, which returned to our country one of the bells from the Jesuit Cathedral of la Compañía, destroyed by a fire in 1863.
The intense schedule of activities is a reflection of the breadth of ties between Chile and Great Britain. It also realizes the interest of Chile to find new opportunities of cooperation with all the nations of the UK.