New British Ambassador to Holy See honoured to work with Catholic Church

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Christopher Trott is received in the Vatican to present his Letters of Credence to Pope Francis, accrediting him as British Ambassador to the Holy See.

By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Christopher John Trott, Great Britain’s new Ambassador to the Holy See.

A statement released by the British Embassy to the Holy See stated that following the audience, Ambassador Trott said: “I was honoured to present my Credentials to His Holiness Pope Francis this morning. Today marks a highlight of my diplomatic career and I look forward to building further on the excellent relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See during my ambassadorial mandate”.

The Ambassador went on to note that “Throughout his Pontificate, Pope Francis has been working tirelessly on the global issues of our time,” and said it will be a great privilege for him to “work together with the Holy See and the Catholic networks to make a difference to the issues which concern us, from poverty to climate change, conflict prevention, international development, and freedom of religion and belief.”

A short biography

Prior to taking up his role as British Ambassador to the Holy See in September 2021, Ambassador Trott has been a British diplomat since 1991.

His most recent roles have focussed on the Sudans – first as the Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan from August 2016 until March 2019 and then as British Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan from May 2019 until the end of 2020.

He has worked in Burma, Japan, Afghanistan, the South Pacific, and both West and Southern Africa. In 2007 he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Senegal, accredited also to Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, and Mali. In 2011 he was appointed as Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa, followed by a short stint in Honiara as High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Nauru.

Among various roles in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in London, he worked as Deputy Head of the Human Rights department and as Deputy in a then newly formed unit in DFID designed to address stabilisation post-conflict.

Eitan Na’eh tapped to be first ambassador to Bahrain

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Diplomat Eitan Na’eh was nominated on Thursday as Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain, the same day that Bahrain’s new envoy to Israel presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Na’eh was Israel’s first diplomat to take up office in the United Arab Emirates following its normalization deal with Israel, serving as chargé d’affairs of the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi, a position he has held since January. In July, Lapid announced his intention to nominate Amir Hayek as Israel’s permanent ambassador to the UAE.

From 2016-2018, Na’eh served as Israel’s envoy to Turkey, until he was expelled by Ankara in protest of the deaths of dozens of Palestinians during violent clashes with Israeli forces on the border with the Gaza Strip.

Na’eh’s nomination as ambassador to Bahrain will require approval by the full cabinet.

Also on Thursday, Khaled Yousef al-Jalahmah, Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, met with Lapid in the Knesset and presented him with a copy of his diplomatic credentials.

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“The opening of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s embassy in Israel is another step towards true peace in the Middle East,” said Lapid in a statement following the meeting. “Many countries in the region see the strong ties that are being forged between us and the Bahrainis, as well as the brave decision made by the King of Bahrain, his majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to establish peace with Israel. In the future, other countries that are changing the face of the Middle East will too join the circle of peace.”

Lapid said he hopes to “visit Bahrain soon and inaugurate the Israeli embassy in Manama.” The foreign minister is expected to travel sometime later this month in order to open the embassy there, following the normalization of ties between the nations one year ago.

The Foreign Ministry announced a series of other nominations of career diplomats on Thursday, including: Michael Lotem as ambassador to Kenya, Dov Segev-Steinberg to Myanmar, Michael Freeman to Nigeria and Tammy Ben-Haim as the consul-general in Bangalore.

Egyptian Space Agency Hosts Pakistan’s Ambassador

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The CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Dr Mohammed El Koosy, received His Excellency, Ambassador Sajid Bilal and his deputy Mr Nizar Khan of Pakistan at the office of the Egyptian Space Agency in Cairo. The Ambassador was on a courtesy visit to discuss Pakistan-Egypt relations, especially on science and space development.

Ambassador Sajid visited the AIT building to check the latest technological and human resource capabilities of the EgSA, where the Agency’s head of satellite communications and navigation group, Dr Haitham Medhat, presented all the ongoing and future satellite projects within the Agency to the Ambassador.

Furthermore, the Director of the Education Satellite Project, Dr Mohamed Ibrahim explained the intricate details of the educational satellite projects and the planned training sessions for Egyptian students. He stated that the training is part of the framework for various Egyptian universities to develop space technologies to facilitate sustainable development. He also mentioned that it is an avenue to create unique opportunities for students to understand and explore the design and workings of satellites

According to Dr Ibrahim, the group is undergoing training focusing on all the stages of satellite manufacturing – Assembly, Integration and Training (AIT). The training also includes preliminary projects at the universities’ laboratories before integrating them at the EgSA’s facility in Cairo. The programme will be followed by a final project where the most outstanding students would be qualified for grants and exciting job opportunities within the Agency.

Dr Mohammed El Koosy emphasised the eagerness of the EgSA to activate a bilateral agreement with the Pakistan Space Agency (SUPARCO). He hoped that the agreement between the two countries would help both countries catch up with the latest development in the space industry. He also hoped that the relationship would help enhance Egyptian satellite subsystems, training and capacity building in advanced space applications using AI technology in space technology projects.

Ambassador Sajid pointed out that there will surely be investment between the two countries through mutual cooperation, citing that the two countries have previous agreements in the same field. He further expressed his pleasure at the AIT centre and projects carried out by the agency, and he stated his interest to cooperate in the proposed areas with the Egyptian Space Agency.

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