I would like to wish 'Selamat Datang' to three new foreign envoys to Malaysia, who presented their credentials to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, at Istana Negara today.
They were Angolan Ambassador Antonio Da Costa Fernandes, Brazilian Ambassador Sergio De Souza Fontes Arruda and Ghana's High Commissioner, Stephen Osei Tutu Kyerematen.
I have known Costa, 66, who used to serve as Angola's ambassador to India and Thailand. Souza Fontes Arruda, 65, was ambassador in Kingston and Nassau while Kyerematen, 57, was a French language teacher.
Similarly, I would also like to bid farewell to three envoys who had completed their terms here.
They were Argentinian ambassador Alfredo Raul Morelli, Namibian High Commissioner Neville Melvin Gertze and Lebanese ambassador Khalid Mustafa Al Kilani, whom I met in Sidon in 1986.
To Morelli, please accept my sincere gratitude for that wonderful 10-day trip to your country in 2006.