PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Ambassador to Russia, Datuk Hayati Ismail today presented her credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a statement here today, the foreign ministry said Hayati, who previously served as Malaysian high commissioner to Canada, took over from her predecessor, Datuk Zainol Abidin Omar.
She has been a career diplomat for the past 31 years and her foreign service assignments include Namibia, New Zealand and Germany.
She had also worked as deputy director-general of the ASEAN Malaysia National Secretariat and Senior Under-Secretary for Asia, Oceania and North Africa Directorate at foreign ministry in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Malaysian High Commissioner to South Africa, Datuk Badruddin Ab Rahman also presented his credentials to South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma on Thursday. The foreign ministry said the presentation ceremony was held at Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
Prior to his appointment, Badruddin was the Malaysian ambassador to Sweden and concurrently, accredited to Denmark, Norway and Iceland from 2011 to September 2015.
Badruddin, who succeeded Datuk Md Dris Yaacob, is the seventh Malaysian high commissioner since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and South Africa in 1993.