Five new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Shimon Peres on
Of the five, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, who heads the European
Union Delegation, has been waiting the longest to present his credentials – EU
foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced his appointment in March of last
Faaborg-Andersen arrived in Israel in early September, and was
told that he would present his credentials on December 18, but the ceremony for
him and his colleagues was postponed due to inclement weather.
presentations were by Moldovan Ambassador Anatol Vangheli, Romanian Ambassador
Andrea Pasternac, Belarus Ambassador Vladimir Skvortsov and Muhammed Haji Hamza,
the non-resident ambassador of Tanzania, who is also ambassador to Egypt, and is
stationed in Cairo.
Faaborg-Andersen has had a distinguished career,
spanning almost 30 years in the Danish Foreign Ministry. In recent years, a
series of appointments brought him into close contact with Middle East issues,
including the Middle East peace process. He served as Denmark’s Middle East
peace envoy for several years and, before his present appointment, was
ambassador to the Political and Security Committee of the EU.
that he was particularly pleased that the head of the EU delegation was from
Denmark because of the way the country treated its Jews during the Second World
This is Vangheli’s third stint in Israel – his first was as chargé
d’affairs from 2004 to 2007. He served as counselor in 2010, and in last August
was promoted to ambassador.
Vangheli emphasized Moldova’s commitment to
fighting terrorism and stamping out anti-Semitism.
Pasternac served in
Israel as her country’s cultural attaché some 15 years ago and speaks fluent
Peres credited Romania for being a facilitator for Middle East
peace, and recalled its role as the mediator for the historic visit to Jerusalem
by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1977.
Since his arrival in Israel,
Skvortsov has been active in boosting trade between Israel and Belarus and is
trying to achieve kashrut certification for Belarus food products.
with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman last month, and they discussed the
expansion of political, economic and cultural ties.