UK’S Ambassador to Spain has used Twitter to fight accusations of a secret meeting with the president of the Junta de Andalucia which excluded the Gibraltar Government.
Britain’s ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, reportedly held discussions on Gibraltar during a meeting with Susana Díaz in Sevilla without informing Gibraltarian officials.
Since the meeting Manley has received pressure from The Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) who said they ‘did not understand’ why the UK ambassador should be talking about Gibraltar in the absence of the Gibraltar Government.
Clearly irritated by the allegations, Manley posted his defence on Twitter. It reads: “I am Ambassador to Spain! What’s so bizarre about me visiting Sevilla or any other part of the country to promote UK interests?”
News of the meeting reportedly reached Gibraltar when the Junta de Andalucia posted a picture of Manley and Diaz on their official webpage. Also present was Manuel Jiménez Barrios, another high profile political figure in the Andalucian region.