Untimely death of Spanish diplomat responsible for Gibraltar affairs

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La Linea
The diplomat in the centre during a visit to La Linea Credit: La Linea Council

THE Chief of the Spanish Gibraltar Affairs Office which is responsible for overseeing affairs which involve the Rock on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Antonio García Ferrer has died suddenly of a heart attack in Madrid.

He was appointed to the role in 2015 after having a senior role in the Spanish Embassy in Rome and was responsible for affairs in the Campo de Gibraltar as well as discussions involving Gibraltar, the UK and Brexit.

Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo has sent his personal condolences and those of the Government of Gibraltar to Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya on his sudden death.

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In his letter, Mr Picardo, refers to Mr Garcia Ferrer’s efforts and generosity during the many negotiations to achieve a consensus over Gibraltar on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

According to the Chief Minister, Mr Garcia Ferrer became a valued colleague and won the respect and friendship of the Gibraltar negotiators.

Mr Picardo asks the Foreign Minister to convey his personal condolences and that of his team to the bereaved family and colleagues of the Spanish negotiator.


Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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