H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann, the Argentinean Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary hands over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco.

As we briefly reported in our recent edition, in the late morning of Tuesday 13th February 2007 in the Prince’s Palace, H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentina officially handed over his letters of credence to the Principality of Monaco. H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann was accompanied for the occasion by H.E. Mr. Jose Ignacio Ortiz Amaya, Minister plenipotentiary within the Argentinean Embassy. After being welcomed to the Royal Courtyard by the Carabinieri guard of honor under the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Morandon, Commander of the Company of the Prince’s Carabinieri, Ambassador Calcagno y Maillmann was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by Colonel Luc Fringant, H.S.H. the Prince’s Chamberlain. H.E. Mr. Eric Calcagno y Maillmann then handed over his letters of credence to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, who was accompanied by Mr. René Novella, Secretary of State, Mr. Henri Fissore, Government Counselor for external relations, and Mr. Georges Lisimachio, Head of H.S.H. the Prince’s Cabinet. Following the ceremony, H.S.H. the Prince received the Ambassador in the Family Drawing Room for a private audience. Argentina thus becomes the thirteenth foreign power accredited to Monaco. However, consular relations have existed between both countries since 1936. The closer relationship is aimed at examining, among other things, co-operation in the economic and scientific fields, or projects relating to the protection of the environment and sustainable development. In 1998, Argentina went through a deep economic recession, but since the second half of 2002, growth has picked up again, reaching 9.2% in 2005. This emerging country, measuring 2.7 million km2 and with a population of 39 million, boasts various natural resources, a diversified industrial fabric and an agricultural industry geared essentially towards exportation. 

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