A Diplomat Close to King Felipe VI to Be Named Spain’s Ambassador to Morocco
The former secretary of the Spanish Royal House between 2002 and 2011 will replace current ambassador Jose de Carvajal, who will be retiring next June.
Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo had considered the possibility of keeping the current ambassador in office provisionally pending the formation of the next government or to appoint the embassy’s number two as interim ambassador.
However, the strategic nature of relations between Spain and Morocco has obliged the Spanish chief diplomat to appoint a successor to Jose de Carvajal.
“The question was to find a consensus candidate who cannot be questioned by the future government”,- El Pais said.
“The choice was limited to Diez-Hochleitner Rodriguez, who is appreciated by King Felipe VI and is known by his Moroccan counterpart King Mohammed VI, besides the fact that he is well respected by the PSOE (the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party.)”
Diez-Hochleitner Rodriguez was ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was also Spain’s ambassador to the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Affairs (OECD).
The 62-year-old was supposed to be his country’s representative in neighboring Portugal, “but Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has decided to send him to a country with more “delicate relations”: Morocco,” El Pais concluded.