Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo visited the Peace Corps headquarters to attend a welcome event hosted by Friends of Paraguay on Monday. During the event, President Lugo and his entourage were served a buffet-style thanksgiving meal, during which they listened to the stories of a number of former Peace Corps/Paraguay Volunteers.
President Lugo then spoke to the group, expressing his thanks to the Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in Paraguay over the years. “It is very moving to be today with those who have worked during their youth as volunteers dedicated to my country, our beloved Paraguay.” said Lugo. “The initiative your Volunteers have is very inspiring, to come from your country, with its customs and higher standard of living, and to offer time out of your lives to serve in some of the poorest places on the planet.”
In addition to the president, in attendance as part of the Paraguayan delegation were Dr. Alejandro Hamed Franco, Minister of Foreign Relations, Auda Royg, Minister and Chief of Protocol, as well as James Spalding, Paraguayan Ambassador in the U.S., and Jose Luis Gonzalez, Advisor to Ambassador Spalding. Liliana Ayalde, U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay and the board and members of the Friends of Paraguay also took part in the event.
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