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New Spanish honorary consul to The Bahamas

  • Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson (center) stands between Celsa Nuno, Spanish Ambassador (right) and Arantxa Iparraguiree-Klonaris, new honorary consul of Spain to The Bahamas.

Published: May 10, 2013

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On Monday, Celsa Nuño, ambassador of Spain to The Bahamas, resident in Kingston, Jamaica, formally installed Arantxa Iparraguirre-Klonaris as the new Spanish honorary consul to The Bahamas, at a reception which had the dean of the honorary consular corps, Manuel Cutillas, performing the duties of master of ceremonies.

Klonaris replaces Francisco Carrera-Justiz, who served in that capacity for 24 years until his retirement in October 2012.

Klonaris, an engineer by profession, is a Spanish national who has been a resident of The Bahamas since 2002.  She will monitor the interests of Spain in The Bahamas, and will report directly to the Embassy of Spain in Kingston, Jamaica.  The Bahamas is home to over 100 Spanish citizens, most of whom have lived in the country for many years and have come to play an active role in the Bahamian economy and society.

Addressing the numerous guests present at the occasion, Nuño highlighted the important role honorary consuls are called upon to play in modern times.

“Mrs. Klonaris”, she said, “will not only represent Spain at official occasions and assist fellow nationals in need, she will also play a key role in identifying and facilitating business opportunities and promoting the Spanish language and culture in The Bahamas.”

Klonaris thanked the Spanish government for the honor bestowed on her and reassured Nuño of her full commitment to her new position.

Klonaris is married to Bahamian lawyer Mike Klonaris, honorary consul of Finland, and they have two children.

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