• Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino, Ambassador of Brazil Manuel De Lacerda Santos and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

    Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino, Ambassador of Brazil Manuel De Lacerda Santos and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

  • Chief of Protocal Lyndall Sachs and High Commissioner of Fiji Yogesh Punja

    Chief of Protocal Lyndall Sachs and High Commissioner of Fiji Yogesh Punja

  • Anna Felici and Sandra Wiens

    Anna Felici and Sandra Wiens

  • Guillermo Duardo Lonardi, Maria Luz Almada, Barbara Phillips and Luis Vrinat

    Guillermo Duardo Lonardi, Maria Luz Almada, Barbara Phillips and Luis Vrinat

  • Brett Hackett, Patricia Holmes and Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela

    Brett Hackett, Patricia Holmes and Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela

  • Jose Blanco and Ambassador of El Salvador Luis Menendez

    Jose Blanco and Ambassador of El Salvador Luis Menendez

  • Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and Jeff Hart

    Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and Jeff Hart

  • Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Cunha-Alves and Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin

    Ambassador of Portugal Paulo Cunha-Alves and Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin

  • Sonia Sandos, Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros and Teresita Palomino

    Sonia Sandos, Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros and Teresita Palomino

  • Enrique Rodriguez with Marcella Fiorillo and Jorge Bagnini

    Enrique Rodriguez with Marcella Fiorillo and Jorge Bagnini

  • Maria Varela and Sharon Ben Porat

    Maria Varela and Sharon Ben Porat

  • Margaret Goydych, Ibelise Escobar, Margarita Menendez and Veronica Oh

    Margaret Goydych, Ibelise Escobar, Margarita Menendez and Veronica Oh

  • Maria Cacho and Julienne Hinge

    Maria Cacho and Julienne Hinge

  • Oscar and Maria Cristina Laroque

    Oscar and Maria Cristina Laroque

  • Aileen Croghan and Maria Theresa Davila

    Aileen Croghan and Maria Theresa Davila

  • Cecilia and George Dandolo with Dina Macri

    Cecilia and George Dandolo with Dina Macri

  • Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Gobbi and his wife Beatriz Mollerach, Anne Patteet and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Ganotena and Eduardo Acevedo

    Ambassador of Argentina Hugo Gobbi and his wife Beatriz Mollerach, Anne Patteet and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Ganotena and Eduardo Acevedo

  • Alejandra Vlek, Soledad Capone, Emiliano Waiselfisz and Maria Vaca

    Alejandra Vlek, Soledad Capone, Emiliano Waiselfisz and Maria Vaca

Argentina's New Ambassador: Welcome to Canberra

2 March 2016

The presenting of credentials to the country where you’ve been accepted as an ambassador for your own country is a significant and traditional aspect of the duties of a diplomat. It may be just a formality, but it is held with all the requisite pomp and ceremony by the Governor General and some appropriate socialising to celebrate.

For the new incumbent from Argentina , Ambassador Hugo Gobbi and his wife Beatriz Mollerach, they may be a little intimidated by past history for their country’s representatives as the last three ambassadors enjoyed a long stay in Australia with most recently the ever charming Ambassador Pedro Villagro Delgardo here for ten years. During his stay he became the dean of the diplomatic corps, a position usually held by the longest serving diplomat, and enjoyed a significant position on the ‘official guest list’ for all those visiting dignitaries where meeting and greeting is part of the job as well as liaison with the host country on behalf of the whole corps.

For Ambassador Gobbi the getting to know his colleagues part of the celebrations was a cocktail party in the garden of the residence with a formidable representation of Ambassadors, High Commissioners, local Argentinians and those Canberrans who make it to the diplomatic lists for all things social and cultural. And while the Argentine flag was hanging flaccid in the hot afternoon sun, this weather spell for the ambassador is not a problem, he knows hot summers and my own visit to Buenos Aires was five days of over 40 degrees with locals gallivanting in the fountains, sweating profusely as they tangoed in La Boca and still able to eat great slabs of magnificent beef.

So in the spirit of the day it was a very warm welcome. Not a tango, fountain or slab of beef in sight as we enjoyed empanadas and shots of a spectacular cold melon soup with a hint of prosciutto. And copious amounts of mineral water.