On 13 December 2018, Alois Von und zu Liechtensteinwelcomedfive new ambassadors to the Palace of the Princely Family for the presentation of theirletters of credence: Evandro De SampaioDidonet, Ambassador of Brazil; José A. Fábrega Roux, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama;Dario Item, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda;AshotSmbatyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia and Willy Debuck, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Dario Item presents credentials to Crown Prince Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein
Dario Item has been welcomedinto the rooms of the Royal Palace andannounced, asusual, by the staff of the diplomaticceremonial of the Principality.
The ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda handed over the letter of credentials to Prince Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein and took on the high responsibilities of serving the nation.
Before the accreditationceremony, the ambassador had a personal conversation with Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture in the Principality of Liechtensteinsince 2013 and member of the Progressive Citizens’ Party.
After the usualaccreditationprocedures for the new head of mission hadbegun, Dario Item withdrew for a few minutes for a private conversation with Prince Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein, and, in accordance with the protocol, initiated abilateralconversation.
In a serene atmosphere, the twowereimmortalized by the cameras of dozens of photographerspresentat the event. Eventually, Dario Itemofficiallytook up the role of ambassador and wasable to beginhisdiplomatic mission to Liechtenstein.
Ambassador Dario Item will put all his experience and professionalism at the service of Liechtenstein and Antigua and Barbuda. He isthereforecommitted to maintainingdiplomatic relations and to promotingeconomic relations with the Principality in a serious and responsiblemanner, whilealsointensifying and improving cultural and touristic relations between the two countries.
The Principality of Liechtenstein
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a small state in Central Europe, which extends between Austria and Switzerland and has an area of about 160 km².
Liechtenstein is a constitutional monarchy currently led by Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein (Louis of Liechtenstein)whosucceededhisfather Hans-Adam II in 2004. Alois graduated in Law in 1993.
In Liechtenstein, political powerisheld by both the King and Parliament. The Liechtenstein Parliament, the Landtag, iscomposed of 25 representativeselected by citizenswhohavereached the age of majority. The Principalitydoesnothaveitsownarmy, because of the high costs, so the security of itsbordersisdelegated, throughbilateral agreements, to Switzerland.
Unlikemanyotherconstitutionalmonarchies, the Constitution of Liechtenstein, dating from 1921, gives strong powers to the Prince, who can appointjudges and membres of the government, too.
The Prince of Liechtenstein is the onlyEuropeansovereignwhoalsoholdseffectivepoliticalpowers.