KUALA LUMPUR – Eight new foreign envoys to Malaysia presented their credentials to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muâ€™adzam Shah, at Istana Negara today.
They are high commissioner Issop Patel (of Mauritius) and ambassadors Marcin Kubiak (Poland), Eamon Hickey (Ireland), Carlos Ricardo Martins Ceglia (Brazil), Attila Kali (Hungary), Peteris Vaivars (Latvia), Robert Lauer (Luxembourg) and Rufin D.C Zomahoun (Benin).
Tuanku Abdul Halim and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, also granted an audience to the envoys.
Also present were Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and his wife, Datin Seri Ismalina Ismail, and Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Othman Hashim and his wife, Datin Rohayazam Kamaruzaman.
Patel, 60, holds a diploma in teaching majoring in business studies from the Institute of Education, Mauritius, and is the former director of the Mauricia Institute.
Kubiak, 46, joined the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997 and has served as the Polish Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2007-2008) and Pretoria, South Africa (2009-2012).
Hickey, 59, was the former director of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Dublin and also served as the Irish Ambassador to Mexico (2009-2013).
Martins Ceglia, 57, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of Toules, France, has served at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington as the minister counsellor, head of the political sector in 2007.
Kali, 37, who holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Budapest University of Economics and Public Administration, was the former director-general, Asia Pacific Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary.
Vaivars, 52, who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and served at the Northern Europe Division from 1992 to 1995, has served as the Latvian ambassador to Japan and Ukraine.
Zomahoun, 51, who holds a doctorate in sociology, has served as the ambassador of Benin to Japan accredited to several other countries including Malaysia.
At the ceremony, Tuanku Abdul Halim also presented instruments of appointment to three new Malaysian envoys.
They are Datuk Hayati Ismail (ambassador to Russia), Datuk Badruddin Ab Rahman (high commissioner to South Africa) and Datuk Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya (ambassador to Chile). – BERNAMA