Four new ambassadors have just been accredited in Monaco – representatives from Lebanon, Switzerland, Belgium, and Benin.

Four new diplomatic envoys from Lebanon, Switzerland, Belgium and Benin have just taken office in Monaco. All appointed as “Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary”, these experienced diplomats presented their credentials to Prince Albert II on Tuesday, May 14th to become ambassadors to the Principality. In the process, they were received for lunch at the prestigious Hotel Hermitage by the Government Counselor-Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, Gilles Tonelli.

Varied backgrounds

Rami Adwan has held diplomatic posts in Romania and the Netherlands. He was also Head of Department in the Political Affairs Division of the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants (MAEE) and then Chief of Staff to the Minister.

Livia Leu Agosti has held the position of Head of Division within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. She was then appointed to Iran with the title of ambassador.

François de Kerchove of Exaerde began his diplomatic career as a consultant to the Belgian Foreign Affairs Department. He was successively promoted to Department Director at his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, in 2009, Ambassador to the European Union’s Policy and Security Committee.

Finally, August C. Alavo has a long diplomatic career behind him. First as a department director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Benin, he was then promoted to the role of ambassador and represented his country in China and the Ivory Coast. He was also Director of the State Protocol, Benin representative to the African Development Bank and Ambassador General of Foreign Affairs.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.