Spain to Close New Orleans Consulate

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 1:26pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Spain plans to close its New Orleans consulate at the end of October, a move that will cut a historic tie with the city it once governed as a colonial power.
According to the city's international relations director, Lisa
Ponce de Leon, Mayor Ray Nagin and others have sent letters of protest to the Spanish government.
The head of the World Trade Center, Eugene Schreiber, says consulates all over the world are closing. New Orleans was once home to dozens of consulates that have closed their doors during the past 25 years, the most recent being Japan in 2007. Consulate offices generally provide a base for foreign residents living or traveling abroad, processing passports and birth certificates.