Israel names seven new ambassadors

October 5, 2011 19:59


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The Foreign Ministry appointed seven new ambassadors on Wednesday, including two women and a Druze diplomat.

Bahij Mansour, a Druze who served in the past as Israel's envoy to Angola, was named by the ministry's senior diplomatic appointments committee, headed by deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon, as Israel's ambassador to Nigeria.

Dorit Shavit, currently the ministry's deputy director-general for Latin America, was named envoy to Argentina, and Meirav Eilon Shahar, recently a diplomat in the ministry's UN and international organization division, was appointed to Vietnam.

The current head of the UN and international organizations division, Eviatar Manor, was named ambassador to the UN agencies in Geneva; Zion Evrony, former ambassador to Ireland, was named Israel's envoy to the Vatican; Yitzhak Bachman, currently Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's chief of policy staff, was appointed ambassador to Sweden; and Yuval Fuchs, formerly Israel's number two diplomat in Moscow, was named envoy to Georgia.

The appointments will now go to the cabinet for final approval.

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