Ambassadors from Thailand, Albania, Cyprus, Ecuador, and Sierra Leone presented their credentials today to President Shimon Peres.

 President Peres accepts credentials of new ambassadors to Israel

 

Cypriot Ambassador Dimitris Hatziargrou and President Peres (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the Media Adviser to President Peres)

Ambassadors from Thailand, Albania, Cyprus, Ecuador, and Sierra Leone presented their credentials today to President Shimon Peres earlier today. The President discussed strengthening diplomatic, trade and technology relations with each of the new Ambassadors and also gave an overview of Israel’s achievements in a number of different areas.

During the meeting between the President and the incoming Ambassador from Cyprus to Israel, Mr. Dimitris Hatziargrou, the new Ambassador thanked the President for Israel’s support during this difficult period since the explosion in the Southern part of the country.  "Israel was among the first countries, if not the first, that offered assistance – and this is not a coincidence," said the Ambassador.  He also added that "the time is ripe for improving relations between Cyprus and Israel and I will do everything I can so that the relationship will realize its potential."

Later in the day President Peres called the President of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, and expressed his condolences on the loss of 12 civilians that were killed in the explosion in Southern Cyprus.  President Peres emphasized that Israel shares Cyprus’ grief and is willing to help in any way.  Israel has already sent 12 generators to help restore electricity to the country’s residents in addition to a medical delegation to aid the wounded.

The Cypriot President warmly thanked the President and said that the people of Cyprus are extremely grateful to the people of Israel.  He is also mentioned that he is working towards strengthening the cooperation and relations between the two countries.

The new ambassadors are:
 
Mr. Nuttavudh Photisaro, Ambassador of Thailand
Mr. Bujar Skendo, Ambassador of Albania
Mr. Dimitris Hatziargrou, Ambassador of Cyprus
Dr. Guillermo Bassante Ramirez, Ambassador of Ecuador
Mr. Andrew Gbebay Bangali, Ambassador of Sierra Leone