Argentina's New Ambassador: Welcome to CanberraShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
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.