The minister of foreign affairs of Honduras, Andrea Matamoros Castillo, came to Chicago to inaugurate this past July 14, its new and modern consular offices located at 5000 N. Elston Ave. in northwest Chicago. “I am pleasantly surprised by the facilities. They are going to provide a better service to our compatriots, which is part of the progress made in the reconstruction and strengthening of the Consular Network of Honduras, particularly in the United States,” she said in the presence of the Consul of Honduras in Chicago, Karol Escalante, and several Latin American consuls.
The consuls of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain and Chile, as well as representatives of the community and educational institutions such as St. Augustine College, and members of the Honduran community attended the opening ceremony. These facilities had already started operating on May 2.
The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that July 14 was also Honduran Day, which was declared by Legislative Decree No. 23, dated September 10, 1969, which among other things states that this date is commemorated with dignity and veneration to the homeland. “It is pleasing to celebrate this date inaugurating these facilities that have a modern digital system that streamlines the consular procedures to the maximum and are interconnected to Tegucigalpa. In fact, at the moment we are being seen by the video system,” she said.
Consul Karol Escalante said that she is pleased to offer her compatriots a quality service. “It is my duty to offer the best to my brothers ‘catrachos’, and I do it with pleasure,” she said.
Later, both the Vice Chancellor and the Honduran Consul were interested in the programs to promote Honduran higher education through St. Augustine College and sent greetings to their compatriots through a video in which they urged them to continue to surpass themselves to bet on higher education as a tool to achieve success.
Moments in which the Deputy Foreign Minister Andrea Matamoros Castillo cuts the ribbon by officially inaugurating the new headquarters of the Honduran Consulate in Chicago.
BY EDUARDO ALEGRIA