Spain's Ambassador to Lebanon Milagros Hernando speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon Milagros Hernando Echevarria passed away in Madrid Monday morning following a three-year battle with cancer, diplomatic sources told The Daily Star. Hernando served as Spain's ambassador to Lebanon between May 2012 and April 2017 .Highly regarded by both the diplomatic community and Lebanese society, sources said the loss of Hernando Echevarria would be felt. Current Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon Jose Maria Ferre de la Pena, who said he first met Hernando Echevarria many years ago, shared his personal farewell to his colleague with The Daily Star.Her decorations included the Officer of the Order of Civil Merit, the Lady's Ribbon of the Order of Civil Merit, the Lady's Ribbon of the Order of Isabel the Catholic, the Commander of the Order of Merit of Luxembourg, and of Germany, and Lebanon's Grand Officer of the Order of the Cedar.In the spirit of her "strong sense of the social responsibility" and will to empower women, Hernando Echevarria told The Daily Star during an interview in 2016 that the foreign service was an arena where it was particularly important to encourage women to participate.
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