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Sultan Muhammad V (centre) poses for a group photo with the new Malaysian envoys.Sultan Muhammad V (centre) poses for a group photo with the new Malaysian envoys.KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today presented the letters of appointment to nine new Malaysian envoys, including the new Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, Jojie Samuel MC Samuel.

Jojie Samuel, 53, who is also the director-general of the Asean-Malaysia National Secretariat since 2016, has previously served as the Malaysian envoy to Cuba, Austria, Turkey, Iraq and Canada.

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for East Asia Division Datuk Ganeson Sivagurunathan, 49, on the other hand, received his appointment letter as the new Malaysian Ambassador to Austria. He is formerly the Malaysian Ambassador to Chile, besides having served in the United States and Papua New Guinea.

Sharrina Abdullah, 47, who has been the Malaysian envoy to Senegal since 2014, received the appointment letter as Malaysia’s new ambassador to Switzerland during the ceremony at Istana Negara.

Sultan Muhammad V also presented the letter of appointment to Foreign Minister’s special officer Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, 49, as the new Malaysian Ambassador to Italy.

Malaysia will also have a new ambassador to Qatar with the appointment of Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, 54, who previously served as the Malaysian envoy to Poland, as well as to Australia, United Arab Emirates, Cuba and Chile.

The letters of appointment were also presented to Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Multilateral Security Affairs Division, Ikram Mohd Ibrahim, 47, who is now Malaysia’s new High Commissioner in Pakistan, and to Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General of the Policy Planning and Coordination Department Dr Shazelina Zainul Abidin, 45, as Malaysian Ambassador to Senegal.

Director-General for the Asean Economic Community (AEC) under the Asean-Malaysia National Secretariat, Astanah Banu Shri Abdul Aziz, 46, received the appointment letter as the new Malaysian Ambassador to Morocco after serving in the United States, South Korea and France, while Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Inspectorate Division Nur Izzah Wong Mee Choo, 48, received her appointment letter as the new Malaysian High Commissioner in New Zealand.

During the ceremony, His Majesty also received instruments of appointment from 10 foreign envoys, namely Al-Abbas Ibrahim Hamed Al Harthi (Oman), Nurudeen Muhammed (Nigeria), Ramzia Diab Ghanim (Gambia), Nikoloz Apkhazava (Georgia) and Julia Greenwoood Bentley (Canada).

Also Slobodan Marinkovic (Serbia), Fransisco Assis Morais E Cunha Vaz Patto (Portugal), Cristiano Maggipinto (Italy), Mauricio Gonzalez Lopez (Colombia) and Samali Dorothy Hyuha (Uganda).  — Bernama

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