On Tuesday 14 May 2019, at a lunch held at the Hotel Hermitage, Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, received H.E. Mr Rami Adwan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lebanon, H.E. Ms Livia Leu Agosti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland, H.E. Mr François de Kerchove d’Exaerde, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium, and H.E. Mr Auguste C. Alavo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Benin, who presented their credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince during the morning.
H.E. Mr Rami Adwan joined the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants in 2003, serving as Deputy Head of Mission in the Lebanese Embassies in Romania and the Netherlands and as Department Head in the Political Affairs Division, among other roles. In 2014, he was appointed Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants. H.E. Mr Adwan has also served as Advisor to the Minister for Administrative Affairs at the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water.
After joining the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1989, H.E. Ms Livia Leu took on the roles of Deputy Head of the Political Affairs II Division for the Americas, Head of the same Division for Africa and the Middle East and then Head of Mission in Tehran, with the title of Ambassador. In 2013, she was appointed Federal Council Delegate for Trade Agreements and the Bilateral Economic Relations Division.
H.E. Mr François de Kerchove d’Exaerde began his diplomatic career in 1991 and was appointed Desk Officer for Asia at the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs in 2001. After a year as Director General of the Egmont Institute, he joined the Belgian Embassy as Minister-Counsellor. He was promoted to the post of International Security Policy Director at the FPS Foreign Affairs in 2009, and then Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU.
During the course of his diplomatic career, which began in 1975, H.E. Mr Auguste C. Alavo became Director of the Department for Asia and Oceania in 1987. He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 1990 and represented his country in China and Côte d’Ivoire. He then took on the roles of Director of State Protocol, Benin’s Representative to the African Development Bank and the Conseil de l’Entente, and General Ambassador for Foreign Affairs.