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Corps news – Embassy 39

Envoys honoured for excellence

Outstanding heads of mission who over the past year have risen to the challenge under trying political circumstances were recognised for their efforts at a recent diplomatic awards ceremony.

Veteran diplomatic observer Michael Binyon said heads of mission such as Egyptian Ambassador Mr Hatem Seif el Nasr, who won the award for the Middle East, deserved his award for skilfully managing diplomatic ties while his country was undergoing rapid political changes during the uprisings on Tahrir Square.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis, who was awarded best head of mission for Asia, was also credited with managing diplomatic and media relations in a sometimes challenging post-conflict era.

Political observers were also impressed by the efforts of the High Commissioner for Rwanda, Mr Ernest Rwamucyo (who won the Africa category), and the Ambassador of Colombia Dr Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera (who won the Americas category) in rebuilding the image of their countries.

Romania walked away with two awards, one for Ambassador Mr Ion Jinga and one for Cristina Nita, who won the Press Attaché of the Year award.

Macedonian Ambassador Marija Efremova was awarded Woman Ambassador of the Year, while Thailand’s Natthapol Na Songkhla won Young Diplomat of the Year and Ms Zeina hamad al Khalifa from the Embassy of Bahrain was recognised for her contribution to consular matters.
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