Diplomacy – Accreditation of Ambassadors from Poland – Chile – Lesotho
Monaco, Friday 24 April 2015 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation held a meeting with H.E. Mr Andrzej Byrt, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr Patricio Hales, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile and H.E. Ms Lineo Khechane-Ntoane, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Lesotho, who presented their credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince during the morning. This working session provided an opportunity to discuss the diplomatic, cultural and economic relations between the Principality and the three countries.
After a number of years in the private sector, where he was promoted to Executive Director of Poznan International Fair, H.E. Mr Andrzej Byrt began his diplomatic career as Economic Counsellor at the Polish Embassy in Brussels. In 1992, he joined the Ministry of Economic Cooperation as Assistant Secretary of State. He was then appointed as Ambassador to Berlin, a post which he occupied for six years before becoming Advisor to the Polish President. He subsequently joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Secretary of State and returned to Berlin for a further four years as Ambassador.
H.E. Mr Patricio Hales served as a Deputy for 16 years, from 1998 to 2014, and was twice appointed Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies. He trained as an architect at the University of Chile, and ran a property construction company for 29 years. He is the author of a number of laws and contributed to the improvement of presidential laws, including one relating to the funding of the armed forces. He is a member of the Presidential Council Committee which developed the National Policy on Urban Development.
From 1992 to 2008, H.E. Ms Lineo Khechane-Ntoane pursued her career at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the Ministry of the Public Service, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship before being appointed High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho to South Africa and 12 countries within the Southern African Development Community. She was promoted to Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013, then to the Holy See, Austria, Poland and Russia.
Following the meeting, an official lunch was organised at the Hotel Hermitage, hosted by Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.