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The Spanish Government through its Ambassador, Jesus Silva, has proposed a new date for the state visit to Jamaica by King Juan Carlos and the Queen of Spain.
The proposed dates are February 17-18, 2009 and were put forward to the Government of Jamaica following discussions yesterday (Wednesday, Nov 19) between the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Spanish Embassy.
The move comes in the wake of a postponement of the state visit which was scheduled for Dec 2-3, 2008. King Juan Carlos and the Queen of Spain were also scheduled to visit Trinidad and Tobago as part of their Caribbean tour but this has also been postponed.
According to Ambassador Silva, the postponement was requested by the Spanish Government last Monday, November 17th, in light of unforeseen official commitments of the Royal couple in Madrid, which would have resulted in a reduction of the programme planned for Their State Visit to Jamaica. It was therefore considered opportune to be able to fulfill the entire schedule at a later date, Ambassador Silva said.