Four new Ambassadors welcomed

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Photo: DC /Manuel Vitali
Photo: DC /Manuel Vitali

Gilles Tonelli, Government Counselor for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, received new ambassadors at a luncheon at Monte Carlo Bay on Friday, June 16.

HE Mr. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan ; HE Mr. Rupert Schlegelmilch, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union; HE Mrs Carmen Maria Gallardo Hernandez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of El Salvador and HE Mr Imants Viesturs Liegis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, had earlier in the day presented their Letters of Appointment to HSH the Sovereign Prince.

HE Mr. Moin ul Haque joined the Diplomatic Service of Pakistan in 1987, where he became Director in 2005 and then Director General in 2013. In the same year, he was appointed Chief of Protocol. He has held various diplomatic posts abroad: Brussels, New York, Colombo, Vancouver and Ankara.

After five years in the Directorate General of External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels HE Mr. Rupert Schlegelmilch joined the Directorate-General for Trade in Brussels in 2003 as Head of Section in charge of international business relations. In 2012, he was appointed Director of Services, Investments, Public Procurement and Intellectual Property Rights.

HE Carmen Maria Gallardo Hernandez began her diplomatic career in 1993 as Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of El Salvador to Unesco. She is then appointed Ambassador to France and Portugal, Executive Director of FUNDAPAZ and Member of the Task Force. In 2007, she became Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and then served as Ambassador in Austria and in five countries in the East and South East Asia. In 2014 HE Ms Hernandez joined the Permanent Representation to the International Organisations and the United Nations in Vienna.

Ambassador of Latvia to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1997, HE Mr. Imants Viesturs Liegis joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004 as Under-Secretary of State. He then served as Ambassador to Spain. In 2010, he was successively appointed Acting Minister of Justice, then Minister of Defence. He subsequently joined Parliament as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs. From September 2012 to June 2016, he served as Ambassador to Hungary, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

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