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Four new official ambassadors to Monaco

© Communication Department/Manuel Vitali – From left to right: Nikolay Milkov, Maria de Lurdes Beassa, Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Laurent Anselmi, Junever M. Mahilum-West and Niels Engelschion

The Principality welcomed diplomats from Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Norway and Bulgaria.

On Tuesday 26 April, Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, welcomed four new official ambassadors to Monaco, who had presented their credentials to Prince Albert II:

  • Maria de Lurdes Bessa, who began her diplomatic career in 2001 at the Embassy of Timor-Leste in Portugal and is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Timor-Leste to Switzerland. Maria de Lurdes Bessa is also Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.
  • Junever M. Mahilum-West who, after serving as Director General of the ASEAN-Philippines Secretariat, is now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Philippines to France, Jordan and Palestine.

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  • Niels Engelschion, who in 2015 became Deputy Director General and then Director General of the Department of European Affairs and International Trade. He is Norway’s Ambassador to France since 2021.
  • Nikolay Milkov who has held various positions in the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence since 1992. Since 2021, he has been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in France, Permanent Representative to UNESCO and Personal Representative of the Head of State to the OIF.