Herzog receives credentials from 5 new ambassadors
President Isaac Herzog receives letters of credence from new ambassadors from five countries, including close friends of Israel – El Salvador, Malta, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Nauru.
The incoming ambassadors – all women – are greeted by the IDF marching band and an IDF honor guard, after which they present their credentials in the great hall of the president’s residence in Jerusalem.
Herzog holds a working meeting with each ambassador after the ceremonies.
Envoy from El Salvador, Susana Edith Gun de Hasenson, returns for her second post as Ambassador to Israel. The two discuss the plan of the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, to establish a “Bitcoin city” fueled by volcanic energy.
Malta’s Ambassador, Cecilia Attard Pirotta, is also returning for her second post as Ambassador to Israel. She and Herzog discuss Mediterranean regional affairs and the growing tourism between countries.
Costa Rican envoy Rita María Hernández Bolaños then presented her letter.
“Costa Rica is particularly appreciated by us,” says Herzog. “He has been a friend of Israel since its inception, and we will always remember his support. It is a country that visiting Israelis love intensely.
Helen Sophie Deller Klein of Ecuador, the country’s first Jewish envoy to Israel, and Herzog discuss her family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Europe to Latin America.
Herzog talks with Margo Deiye, Nauru’s non-resident ambassador who is also her representative to the UN, about the effects of climate change on the Pacific island nation. Herzog thanks Nauru for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after the United States.