Four newly appointed ambassadors will present their letters of credence to HM The King on 12 May. The four ambassadors are from Zambia, Switzerland, Italy and Panama.
A letter of credence is an authorisation issued by a country's head of state for an ambassador appointed to represent the country. It is presented to the head of state in the recipient country when the new ambassador takes up his or her post.
Zambia's newly appointed ambassador, Luzongo Mtamboh, is a qualified economist. She worked for 17 years in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, primarily on economic issues. For the last six years, Ambassador Mtamboh has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was Director of the Development Cooperation and International Organisations Department.
Switzerland's newly appointed ambassador, Kurt Höchner, has worked at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since 1974. His posts in recent years have included inspector at the Department of Foreign Affairs, ambassador to Norway, deputy head of the Directorate for International Law and ambassador to the Philippines.
Italy's newly appointed ambassador, Angelo Persiani, has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1975. His recent posts include ambassador to Uzbekistan and desk officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate General for Political Affairs. He has also worked at the embassy in Brazil.
Panama's newly appointed ambassador, Ricardo Quintero Nassar, holds a Masters degree in business administration. He has previously held management positions at Cable & Wireless and Sabmiller Panama, and has worked for British American Tobacco Central America. (Swedish Government Offices)