On the 11th April 2017, Francisco Maria de Sousa Ribeiro Telles presented his credentials to the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at The Palace, in Valletta
- Published: April 12, 2017
Sworn in today as the ninth and next United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres pledged to reposition development at the centre of the Organization’s work and ensure that the UN can change to effectively meet the myriad challenges facing the international community.
Ambassador Francisco Ribeiro Telles has presented yesterday, the 28th of November, to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the Letters which accredit him as the Ambassador of Portugal in Italy.
The General Assembly appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon.
Mr. Guterres, aged 67, was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015. He will become the world's top diplomat on 1 January 2017, and hold that post for the next five years.
"Today my mission in Italy has come to an end. I leave grateful for the 4 years me and my family spent in Rome. I thank the collaboration and support received by the members of our community.
It was a priviledge to work alongside the Italian government and the diplomatic corps accredited in Rome.
Lastly, I deeply thank the cooperation of the Embassy's staff.
Manuel Lobo Antunes"