New Ambassadors named to Monaco from Holy See, Austria and Denmark

Government Counsellor-Minister of External Relations and Cooperation Gilles Tonelli has met with the Principality’s newest diplomatic envoys at an event put on by the Yacht Club of Monaco, where they offered their letters of credence to the Prince Albert II.

PHOTO: From left to right: Bishop Antonio Arcari, Apostolic Nuncio; Gilles Tonelli, Government Counselor-Minister of External Relations and Cooperation; HE Mr. Michael Linhart, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria and HE Mr. Michael Starbaek Christensen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark © Directorate of Communication / Manuel Vitali

The recently appointed Ambassadors are to represent the Holy See, Austria and Denmark in Monaco.

Bishop Antonio Arcari, the Ambassador from the Holy See, was first ordained in 1977 in Brescia, Italy and has served in the diplomatic service since 1982. He has served as titular Archbishop of Caeciri and Apostolic Nuncio in Honduras, Mozambique and Costa before taking the posting in Monaco.

Denmark’s Michael Starbaek Christensen began his career in the Danish Embassy in Moscow in 1996, and after served as Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Missions to his nation’s Permanent Representative to the UN. From there he joined the European Commission in Brussels as Deputy Head of Cabinet, before becoming the Senior Advisor on Climate Change to the Office of the Danish Prime Minister.

Austrian Representative Michael Linhart started off in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigrants in 1986. From there, he was appointed to several Embassies before landing the job as Ambassador to Damascus in 2000. He moved on to become the Executive Director of the Austrian Agency for Development Cooperation, then was Ambassador to Greece in Athens. From there he went on to become Director General for Development Cooperation and International Development Policy at the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, then Secretary General of Foreign Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration of Foreign Affairs before coming to the Principality. 

The Monaco Government says it welcomes the new arrivals and the work they can achieve together.