Laya plans to go to the Dominican Republic in the midst of controversy over the whereabouts of King Juan Carlos I

The halo of mystery around the whereabouts of Juan Carlos I after his departure from Spain could begin to dissipate in a few days as Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya plans to travel to the Dominican Republic

Both the Dominican Republic and Portugal have been the countries mentioned since Monday as the possible destinations of the king emeritus after leaving Spain, but their respective capitals have denied the presence of the previous head of state in their territory. The Dominican ambassador to Spain, Olivo Rodríguez, was on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare this visit and say goodbye to The team of González Laya because in a week he concludes his diplomatic work in Madrid. Rodríguez reiterated his country's official invitation to represent Spain in the aforementioned inauguration, but from the Foreign Office this possibility was rejected after the latest news from Juan Carlos I and put on the table the option of González Laya to Go to Santo Domingo. The ambassador raised no objections and anticipated that President-elect Abinader will be happy to welcome the head of Spanish diplomacy. The final decision on the representation of Spain in this inauguration is the responsibility of La Moncloa and has yet to be approved in the Council of Ministers. The coronavirus problem The Dominican authorities had been aware for a few weeks that the problems caused by coronavirus and the fact that the takeover fall mid-August was to influence the level of assistance of foreign delegations. And they assume that the presence of representatives will not be as numerous as under normal conditions. Felipe VI attended from the mid-1990s each of the inaugurations on the Ibero-American continent when he was Prince of Asturias, but after the abdication of his father he has only gone to three: those of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico) in December 2018, Laurentino Cortizo (Panama) in June 2019 and Luis Lacalle (Uruguay) in February of this year. In the rest of the inaugurations of the sister continent, Spain has sent the presidents of the Congress and the Senate for being the third and fourth authority of the state after the king and the president of the government, but never one of the foreign ministers who have preceded González Laya in the reign of Felipe VI -José Manuel García Margallo , Alfonso Dastis and Josep Borrell-. In the minister's environment, Vozpópuli is recognized as the Dominican Republic is now "in spain's diplomatic focus" at the possibility that Juan Carlos I set his residence there, even temporarily, hence the importance of González Laya going to Santo Domingo right now