receives credentials of four new envoys
MANILA, Nov. 5 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed four
new ambassadors to the Philippines who presented their credentials in
Malacañang on Thursday.
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 in separate courtesy calls at the Palace’s Music Room.
Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja has a Masters in International Relations degree
from the State University of Kiev in Ukraine. She was formerly a director of
the United Nations Multilateral Affairs, Human Rights and Conferences
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. He has a Doctor of
Philosophy in Economics from the 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. 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
Assistant Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz of the Department of Foreign
Affairs’ Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs; Acting Assistant Secretary
Adrian Bernie Candolada of the DFA’s Office of European Affairs; and foreign
embassy officials were also present during the courtesy calls. (PNA)