Ponant apppoints brand ambassador for Australasia

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Daddo, whose career includes appearances on Australian television’s The Great Outdoors, has teamed up with Ponant to make ‘Beyond the Polar Circle,’ a documentary based on his voyage to Antarctica aboard Le Boréal which will be screened on Ponant’s website from September 30.

Bratton said Daddo’s approach to travel and his engaging and laconic style of commentary aligns perfectly for Ponant in Australasia.

Passion for exploration

‘Andrew’s passion for exploration and discovering the unknown is something that truly resonates with Ponant’s spirit of adventure,’ she said.

Daddo admires Ponant’s way of ‘making everyone feel incredibly special.

‘That, coupled with world-best destination adventure in genuine luxury, and you’ll understand my excitement,’ he said.

French Ambassador Jonahan Lacôte weaps up mission in Armenia

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia Jonathan Lacôte, who is completing his diplomatic mission in our country.

The Prime Minister noted that Mr. Lacôte’s tenure overlapped with a difficult and eventful period for Armenia and the region. Nikol Pashinyan noted that this period not only did not have a negative impact on the Armenian-French unique relations, but the bilateral cooperation became even closer. The Prime Minister added that there are wide opportunities for developing cooperation between the two friendly states in various fields. According to the Prime Minister, the Governments of Armenia and France are interested in developing and expanding cooperation, which is based on the centuries-old friendship of the Armenian and French peoples.

At the same time, the Prime Minister stressed the important role of France as a Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. Referring to Armenia’s chairmanship of the Organization of La Francophonie, Nikol Pashinyan noted that the difficulties caused by the pandemic, as well as the war of the last year deprived our country of the opportunity to be active within the organization, but expressed confidence that cooperation within the organization will become more effective and close in the near future.

‘’Those difficulties have not overshadowed our relations with France, and here your personal contribution should be emphasized. We will perceive you as a friend of Armenia, we will be glad to see you in our country in the future’’, the Prime Minister said, wishing Jonathan Lacôte success.

Ambassador Lacôte thanked for the high appreciation and noted that both difficult and happy moments took place in Armenia during the period of his tenure.

‘’I have exciting memories of the peaceful revolution in Armenia. The recent events in the country showed that democracy in Armenia is irreversible and the Armenian people can be proud of it’’, the Ambassador said. Jonathan Lacôte noted that France will continue close cooperation with Armenia in various spheres, including for pushing forward with the reforms.

During the meeting the sides referred to the process and future works in the spheres of investments, education, healthcare and joint programs in other directions.

German ambassador to China dies only days after appointment

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Germany’s Ambassador to China Jan Hecker has died, the German foreign ministry confirmed on Monday.

The cause and exact time of his death remain unclear. Hecker, formerly German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s diplomatic and security adviser, only began his Beijing job two weeks ago.

“It is with deep sadness and dismay that we learned of the sudden death of the German Ambassador to China,” a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.

“Our thoughts at this moment are with his family and the people who were close to him.”

Hecker’s immediate family is currently in Beijing. He was survived by his wife, also working in the embassy, and three children.

Hecker, a former federal judge and coordinator of Germany’s refugee policy, was a close aide to Merkel. His appointment to China was seen as the outgoing chancellor’s bid to ensure diplomatic stability for German-Chinese relations.