Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has become the shadow minister responsible for Africa, South Asia and the Falkland Islands, reports Walesonline. The Labour MP takes on the role at a time when the UK is responding to the migrant crisis in North Africa and tensions have heightened between Britain and Argentina over the future of the Falklands, the Islands which he plans to visit early next year.
'Some day' Argentina will recover sovereignty over the Malvinas and in no way will the Falkland Islanders or their culture, traditions or language be discriminated, and furthermore they will be able to elect their members to congress, governor and fully enjoy the benefits of oil production.
Suffering from a severe case of laryngitis which forced her to a 48 hours rest, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez nevertheless had time for a fight with the Buenos Aires media and welcome Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones who is in Argentina for the Welsh settlers in Patagonia celebrations.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was an honor and a privilege to be in Chubut for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first Welsh settlers arrival in Patagonia, and thanked provincial governor Martin Buzzi for organizing the event and helping to preserve Welsh traditions, culture and language.
As a day of great celebration, Argentine ambassador in the UK, Alicia Castro described the festivities for the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arrival to Patagonia, taking place in Chubut with the attendance of Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones, Argentine cabinet ministers and members of the Welsh-Argentine community.
Argentina's Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernandez and the Presidential Legal and Technical secretary Carlos Zannini led on Monday celebrations in Chubut to mark the 150th anniversary of the Welsh community that settled in the Patagonian province. The event took place in Puerto Madryn overlooking the Golfo Nuevo.
UK ambassador in Buenos Aires John Freeman met with Chubut province governor Martin Buzzi in Rawson to work out the agenda of activities scheduled for the end of the month when Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones is expected to arrive for the 150th anniversary celebration of Welsh immigration to Argentina, reports the local media, Diario Jornada.
Next 28 July Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones will be attending celebrations in the province of Chubut in the framework of the 150th anniversary of the first Welsh settlement in Patagonia, 28 July 1865. An event which in an electoral year in Argentina could become a good opportunity for president Cristina Fernandez to press on the Falkland Islands dispute, according to speculation in the Buenos Aires media.
The Embassy of Argentina in the UK celebrated Independence Day on Thursday, highlighting the importance of national sovereignty and Latin American unity. Before a packed audience of over four hundred people, the Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro delivered a speech in which she recalled that the aim of the struggle for independence was to unite all the peoples of Latin America.
Parliament in London is hosting a week-long historic photographic exhibition dedicated to the Welsh settlement in Argentina, entitled: “Y Wladfa: Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Argentina” which was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by Argentine Ambassador to the UK, Alicia Castro, and David T.C Davies MP, chairman of the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee.