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Chilean Independence Day celebrated in the Falklands

Chilean residents of the Falkland Islands are guests of honour at Government House

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Chileans in the Falklands
Chilean residents celebrate their national day

The strong connections between the Falkland Islands and Chile have been celebrated at Government House.

At a reception held on Chilean Independence Day, September 18, Governor Nigel Haywood hosted Chilean residents of the Falklands recognising the strong role they play in Falkland Islands life.

The links between the islands and Chile were “strong and long lasting”, Mr Haywood said, adding that a Chilean consulate had first been established in the Falklands in 1877 and continued well into the last century. The Falklands also have strong commercial and interpersonal links with Chile, particularly Punta Arenas in the south of the country, Mr Haywood said.

Also attending the reception were four Panamanian parliamentarians who were visiting as the guests of the Falkland Islands Government.

Published 20 September 2013