/ 9 April 2024

Ambassadors welcomed by Ramaphosa

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Erika Ylonka Álvarez Rodríguez, the Ambassador of Dominican Republic with President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Presidential Guest House.

The representatives from 15 countries will maintain strong bilateral relations with SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa received Heads of Mission-Designate on 9 April 2024 at Sefako Magatho Presidential Guest House, where Letters of Credence were accepted from 15 countries.

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Ambassador Mubarak Bin Nasser Mubarak Al-Khalifa of Qatar (left) with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Letters of Credence are official diplomatic documents presented to the president by Heads of Mission-Designate who have been nominated by their respective governments to serve as Ambassadors or High Commissioners to South Africa. 

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Dong-hang Yang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (left) with Ramaphosa.

Representatives from the following countries will serve in South Africa, with the aim of ensuring that bilateral relations with all partners are further strengthened through meaningful dialogue. 

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James Gilawa Bwana, Ambassador of Tanzania (right). 

The representatives are:

– Emmanuel Hategeka of the Republic of Rwanda;

– Mirko Manzoni of the Swiss Confederation;

– Rus Shazila Binti Osman of the Federation of Malaysia;  

– Mubarak Bin Nasser Mubarak Al-Khalifa of the State of Qatar; 

– Alberto Vecchi of the Republic of Italy;

– James Gilawa Bwana of the United Republic of Tanzania;

– Salem Rashed Al Shebli of the State of Kuwait;

– Igor G Bely of the Republic of Belarus;

– Erika Ylonka Álvarez Rodríguez of the Dominican Republic;

– Dong-hang Yang of the Republic of Korea;

– Jane Wairimu Ndurumo of the Republic of Kenya;

– Philip Richard Hewitt of the New Zealand;

– Mansour Shakib Mehr of the Islamic Republic of Iran;

– Fidelia Graand-Galon of the Republic of Suriname; and

– Mohamed Issak Ibrahim of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

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Mansour Shakib Mehr, Ambassador of Iran (right).

President Ramaphosa closed off by saying: “Good luck with your tour of duty, and our countries will always be friendly.”