• Aquino welcomes four new envoys


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday received the credentials of four new ambassadors to the Philippines in separate courtesy calls in Malacanang.

    The President, together with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, met Aruni Ranaraja of Sri Lanka, European Union (EU) head of delegation to the Philippines Franz Jessen, Thierry Mathou of France and Andrea Reichlin of Switzerland at the Palace’s Music Room.

    Ambassador Ranaraja has a master’s degree in International Relations from the State University of Kiev in the Ukraine. She was formerly a director of the United Nations Multilateral Affairs, Human Rights and Conferences Division.

    Ambassador Franz Jessen was former EU head of delegation to Vietnam and former head of division for China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mongolia of the European External Action Service (Brussels).

    He was also former deputy head of delegation of the European Commission in Beijing.

    The envoy is a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Virginia Tech in the United States.

    Ambassador Thierry Mathou earned his doctorate degrees in political sciences and Asian studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in France and University of California in Berkeley, respectively.

    He served as ambassador to Myanmar and was former consul general at the French Embassy in China.

    Aside from the Philippines, Ambassador Reichlin also has jurisdiction over Palau, Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

    She was former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Sudan, and former head of Economic, Financial and European Affairs at the Swiss Embassy in Paris.


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