Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The diplomatic corps dinner, held Thursday last at King's House, brought the week of activities, February 27 — March 3, to a stately end. Indeed, it was the first time, since the forced closure of borders in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, that Jamaica was welcoming both resident and non-resident ambassadors for the event.

The dinner, hosted by consummate host Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, is one that diplomats look forward to, as it affords them an opportunity to interact with their peers.

In his address to members of the corps, Allen stated that diplomats remain on the front lines of international relations, to help "build trust and understanding between nations, who must work tirelessly to find common ground in the face of competing interests and conflicting priorities".

The evening commenced with a welcome cocktail reception ahead of each delegate being received by the governor general, and then a formal dinner courtesy of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Page 2 shares more highlights.

To The Caribbean!From left: Ambassador of Switzerland to Jamaica Mauro Reina; Beate Stirø, ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; and ambassador of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and The Cayman Islands Marianne Van Steen enjoyed a photo op. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Mother ContinentHigh Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to Jamaica Lumka Yengeni was flanked by Samuel Yaw Nsiah (left), the new high commissioner for the Republic of Ghana to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and Claver Gatete, ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
From Benin - Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Jamaica Boniface Vignon and his wife Corinne acknowledged the Page 2 lens. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Black Tie- Ambassador-designate of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to Jamaica Alvaro Barba Garcia and his wife Paola made an elegant statement. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
In Attendance - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Pearnel Charles Jr and his wife Eleasia were also present at the affair. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Gift of the Nile - Ambassador of Egypt to Jamaica Maher El-Adawy and his wife Shams were delighted to be at the King's House diplomatic dinner. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Sweeping Entrance- Dominican Republic Ambassador to Jamaica Angie Shakira Martínez Tejera and the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the International Seabed Authority Edward Pérez Reyes faced the shutterbug upon arrival. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Stepping Forward... were the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in the United States of America Ivan Šimonović and his wife Dubravica. Garfield Robinson
Guten Tag! - For German Ambassador to Jamaica Jan Hendrik van Thiel and his wife Marina Siniavskaia, showing up to the dinner was a sure thing. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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