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New Ambassadors present Credentials

Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Angola, Burkina Faso and the Republic of Belarus presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

H.E. Mr. Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Emília Neto, and by Mr. Eduardo Neto Sangueve, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy.

H.E. Mr. Frédéric Assomption Korsaga, Ambassador of Burkina Faso, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Kadiatou Korsaga-Keita, and by Mrs. Rosine Nebie-Guissou, Counsellor at the Embassy.

H.E. Mr. Sergei F. Aleinik, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Ludmila Aleinik, and by Mr. Dmitry Basik, First Secretary at the Embassy.

Mr. Alex White, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health, represented the Government at the ceremony.

The following were also present:   Mr. Adrian O’Neill, Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Michael Gaffey, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Chief of Protocol; Mr. Joe Brennan, Deputy Chief of Protocol and Ms. Marion O’Donnell, Assistant Chief of Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Angela Lyons. 

A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 1st Brigade Artillery Regiment, Collins Barracks, Cork, under the command of Lieutenant Colm Hogan.  

Captain Declan Whitston conducted the Army No. 1 Band.