Foreign Minister visit


Spain's Foreign Minister makes official visit to Javea

García Margallo proposes the municipality as a seat for high-level meetings, such as the upcoming Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Javea. Saturday, 7 January 2012.

The Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, made an official visit to Javea on Jan 7th. He has had a second home in the Old Town for decades, noting that Javea “is the ideal place to hold high-level meetings.” the Minister has advanced the possibility of using the framework of the Ibero-American Summit of Cadiz “to bring to Javea the ministers who will participate, so they can discover the town's intellectual potential.”

The mayor, Jose Chulvi, welcomed Garcia Margallo to the Town Hall, where he signed the book of honour. Chulvi expressed his “joy and pride” that Javea “should have a resident that is a member of the Spanish Government,” and especially one with a ministry as challenging as the Foreign Office.

Chulvi pointed out that the very day Garcia Margallo was appointed Minister, he sent him a congratulatory telegram. Despite this, he took this opportunity to congratulate him once again on behalf of the entire Town Council, wishing him luck and expressing his gratitude for making this official visit in his first days in office.

Finally, the mayor of Javea informed the Foreign Minister that this year Javea celebrates its 400th anniversary as an incorporated town, giving him a facsimile of the official title granted by Philip III in 1612. "We hope that you have us always present in your heart and remember that this is your home, where we hope to see you regularly," the mayor concluded.

The Minister, who has a home in the Old Town, has made no secret of the "special fondness I have for this town," one to which he travels frequently and where he plans to retire. For this reason he has lent his institutional support and vowed to do everything in his power to help Javea and give prestige to a municipality he "knows, visits and adores all four seasons of the year."

Saturday morning's reception was attended by members of the Town Council as well as by the regional Ombudsman, Jose Cholbi.

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