H.E. Eric Torner was accompanied by Didier Vidal, Minister Advisor, Deputy Permanent Delegate for the Commonwealth of Dominica with UNESCO. After being welcomed in front of the Porte d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Captain Jacques GILETTA, officer of the Company, Ambassador Eric Torner was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel John JAYET, with Mr Didier Vidal.
H.E. Mr Eric Torner then proceeded to present her Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques BOISSON, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Franck Biancheri, Government Counsellor for External Relations and for International Economic and Financial Affairs. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
The Commonwealth of Dominica becomes the sixty-third country accredited with the Principality. There are no consular relations between these two countries.
The two States are linked by their use of the French language. Dominica has been a member of La Francophonie since December 1979.
Despite the geographic distance separating them, these two States have much in common, in particular their concern for environmental protection.
These diplomatic relations will also help reinforce economic and cultural cooperation.