Venezuelan Institute welcomes new Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica

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Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Hayden Pirela

Venezuela’s new ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Hayden Pirela, received a special welcome from the Venezuela Instituted for Culture and Cooperation on Friday February 22, 2013.

The ambassador was treated to a private concert featuring a group of cuatro players which was held at the Venezuelan Embassy in Roseau.

Ambassador Pirela replaces Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, who ended her 12-year tour of duty in Dominica earlier this month.

Like her successor, Ambassador Martinez de Grijalva was also given a surprise concert by the Venezuela Institute for Culture and Cooperation as the diplomat said goodbye to  Dominica.

Her sentiments on leaving were that Dominica would always be in her heart and she pledged to work in the interest of the island, no matter where her next assignment takes her.

Dominica News Online has been informed that Ambassador Pilera will on Monday present his credentials to President of Dominica, His Excellency Eluid Williams.

Photos by Zaimis Olmos.

Venezuelan concert1
Cuatro band which played for the new ambassador
Ambassador Pirela flanked by his wife(left) and embassy official and the coordinator of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation
Ambassador Pirela flanked by his wife (left) and (right)an embassy official and the coordinator of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation


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  1. woywoywoy
    February 27, 2013

    dno should put the first pic up for “caption this photo” lol I bet we would get some interesting results

  2. Anonymous
    February 25, 2013

    I agree with ur comment

  3. February 25, 2013

    I see that veneauelan and Chinese ambassadors always work hard when they come here, they have Dominica at heart. Any other ambassadors I don’t know what they doing to help us.

  4. Óscars365#1
    February 25, 2013

    Dominican all you bad on your mouth omg………lol

  5. Morihei Ueshiba
    February 25, 2013

    Alba is about currency devaluations for making people poorer just look at the unprecedented number of handouts we have at the ministry of finance since skerrit come pm. 8-O

  6. Jay
    February 25, 2013

    Don’t be surprised as it is all new to him. Mr. Pirela is not a career-diplomat. Hew was a deputy at the National Assembly for the United Socialist Party and an advocate of affirmative action, which did not go down well in all quarters of Venezuelan society. This could be his last posting before retirement.

  7. Ebeh Weh
    February 25, 2013

    Can’t get past the facial expression, but his wife sure looks happy to be here. All the best to them in this new position.

  8. Faithfulness
    February 25, 2013

    love the new location of the Embassy,

  9. hmm
    February 25, 2013

    never judge a book by its cover people!

  10. February 25, 2013

    la vida quedar sorpressa,sorpressa quedar la vida,

    life is full of surprise,surprises is life,

    • woywoywoy
      February 27, 2013

      where you learn your spanish bro? lolol

  11. truth
    February 25, 2013

    Hope the bird island war will end.

  12. Real Dominican
    February 24, 2013


  13. Justice and Truth
    February 24, 2013

    He looks somewhat sad and in thought. It may be the manner in which the picture was taken, catching him unaware for a better posture. His demeanor may not mean anything. Just someone who is new to the island and among strangers. When he becomes comfortable in his new position and with Dominicans, especially those whom he will be interacting with when he assumes his duties, I am certain that he will prove to be a different person.

  14. Duncekyat
    February 24, 2013

    Is it just me or does his expression state that he is extremely enthusiastic and ecstatic to be here, and he is eagerly looking forward to the next 12 years of service in Dominica…

    …Yeah, never mind. Please disregard my initial observation. I took a second look. That look says “I’m gonna get my revenge on those perps who condemned me to this place!”

  15. Justice and Truth
    February 24, 2013

    I thought so too. His picture depicts it. However, he has just arrived and may be wondering what is in store for him. :)

  16. Justice and Truth
    February 24, 2013

    Please! You do not know him why make such a comment. It is not nice. :twisted: :twisted:
    He appears to me be an Indian or of mixed origin.

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2013

      Why then are you commenting?.

  17. Chavez Bling Boy
    February 24, 2013

    Bien venido Senor embajador a nuestro isla hermosa. Espero que vas seguir esforzando la buena relacion que existe entre ambos paises y que traes cosas nuevas. Viva Venezuela y Dominica. Dios los bendiga.

    • Justice and Truth
      February 24, 2013

      It appears that you are welcoming the new ambassador to Dominica. However, I am amazed that DNO allowed your only Spanish comment. This is Dominica; not Venezuela or other Spanish speaking country. You could also have written the interpretation at the end of your Spanish charade so that the Dominican English readers could comprehend what you stated. Furthermore you are not only addressing the incoming Venezuelan Ambassador and the outgoing one including any other at the Embassy who speaks Spanish. Will they read t? Your comment should also be addressed to Dominican nationals. Next time, if you wish to comment entirely in Spanish, ensure that you type the English interpretation at the end of your comment. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • Anonymous
        February 25, 2013

        Why, he is welcoming him in Spanish -nice gesture. Stop being so pompous.

        February 25, 2013


      • February 25, 2013

        He/she did oksy in there spanish,it needed a little correction,and it could had use the english translation,but yet all in all a nice thing,the efford that counts,

        t ehice bien compadre,hasta pronto

  18. Poule jeenga
    February 24, 2013

    oh ya

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