President Higgins welcomed H.E. Ms Patricia Cortés Ortiz, Ambassador of Colombia, on a farewell courtesy call.
Upon their arrival in Ireland, and before they can carry out their duties, new ambassadors must be officially welcomed by the President of Ireland. Ambassadors are officially accredited to Ireland from the moment that the President accepts their Credentials.
At the end of their term, the President invites the Ambassadors on a Courtesy Call to Áras an Uachtaráin, to thank them for their service, hear their experiences in Ireland and discuss the departing Ambassador’s views on issues of relevance to our bilateral relations.
In 2017, President Higgins made the first ever visit by an Irish President to Columbia. That visit celebrated the deep historic connections between Ireland and Latin America, and also aimed to boost political, cultural and economic ties.