MOSCOW, June 27. /ITAR-TASS/. At a ceremony here on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive credentials from 14 new Ambassadors of foreign states who have arrived in Russia, the Kremlin press service reported.
Credentials are to be presented to the Russian Head of State by the following Ambassadors: Rudiger von Fritsch of Germany, Ibrahim Suleiman Mohammad al-Darat of Libya, Ismail Allaya of Algeria, Saud Bin Abdullah Zaid Al-Mahmoud of Qatar, Zaheer Aslam Janjua of Pakistan, Pablo Anselmo Tettamanti of Argentina, Jaime Giron Duarte of Colombia, and Margaret Ann Louise Jobson of Jamaica
Participants in Friday's ceremony will also include the Ambassadors of the following neighbouring countries: Marat Tazhin of Kazakhstan, and Imomudin Sattorov of Tajikistan. Along with them, credentials are to be also presented by Ambassadors from quite exotic countries: Elsa Nizigama Ntamagiro of Burundi, Antoine Somda of Bourkina Faso, Kilifoti Eteauati of Samoa, and Matlotliso Lineo Lidia Hechane-Ntoane of Lesotho.
When starting their tour of duty in Russia, new Ambassadors of foreign states traditionally present letters of credence to the President of the Russian Federation from the leaders of their countries with a request to give credence to their representatives. The ceremony symbolises an official commencement of the diplomats' work in Russia.
As a rule, ten to twenty Ambassadors, who have arrived in the RF over the past several months, are invited to the ceremony, which traditionally takes place in the Alexander Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. The ceremony is held several times a year. The attributes of the ceremony are as follows: the President's speech of greetings addressed to the foreign diplomats, a photo session, with a picture taken with each of the Ambassadors present, and, at the close of the official part, a glass of champagne in honour of the start of their work in Moscow.
The Head of State is accompanied by the Assistant for Foreign Policy Matters, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.