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MOSCOW, December 7 (Itar-Tass) — President Dmitry Medvedev is to receive 15 newly-appointed Ambassadors to Russia at a traditional credentials presentation ceremony at the main residence of the Russian Head of State in the Kremlin here on Wednesday.
The following Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary will be Wednesday's guests in the Grand Kremlin Palace: Riyad Haddad of Syria, Ali Gutali of Tunisia, Timothy Earle Barrow of the United Kingdom, Andrei Kobyakov of Belarus, Luis Felipe Fernandez de la Pena of Spain, Pierre Alois Joseph Ferring of Luxembourg, Albert Jonsson of Iceland, Joaquim Augusto de Lemos of Angola, Hashim Hassan Al Bash of Bahrain, Rafael Francisco Amador Campos of Colombia, Mohamed Keita of Guinea, Mario Fernandez Silva of Costa Rica, Seko Intchasso of Guinea-Bissau, Thieng Boupha of Laos, and Abdi Ibrahim Absieh of Djibouti.
The presentation of credentials marks an official commencement of ambassadoral duties in Russia. As a rule, such meetings between the President of the RF and foreign Ambassadors are held approximately once in three to four months, with ten to fifteen newly arrived diplomats participating. The present ceremony will be a third one this year.
Traditionally, the presentation of credentials is to commence at 13:00, Moscow time, in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. According to the Protocol, the President of the Russian Federation is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and a presidential aide who is in charge of foreign policy matters.
At the close of the presentation ceremony, the Russian leader addresses the diplomats in a brief speech of greetings, in which, as a rule, he touches upon matters concerning cooperation between Russia and the countries whose representatives have been invited to the Kremlin and most important matters of international politics.