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Diplomats' fond farewell to trio of ambassadors

2 min. 17.07.2014 From our online archive
Three ambassadors to Luxembourg received a send off on Wednesday hosted by new dean of the diplomatic corps Polish Ambassador Bartosz Jalowiecki.
16.7.2014 luxembourg, Pulvermuehle, ambassade de Pologne, adieu de l'ambassade de Finlande, Danamark et Irlande photo Anouk Antony

Three ambassadors to Luxembourg received a send off on Wednesday hosted by new dean of the diplomatic corps Polish Ambassador Bartosz Jalowiecki.

Ireland Ambassador Diarmuid O'Leary, Finnish Ambassador Marja Lehto and Danish Ambassador Louise Bang Jespersen will be leaving their Luxembourg missions this summer after being in post during some of the most interesting events to take place in Luxembourg in years.

Summing up his four-year posting, Mr O'Leary cited his many positive memories of Luxembourg, including the royal wedding, Luxembourg's 2012 victory in the International Rose of Tralee festival, the creation of the Irish Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and sea change in the political landscape. He said: "It has been a huge privilege to be here at such a period of political change because our job is to watch, observe and report."

Among Mr O'Leary's roles in Luxembourg, he was tasked with helping to rebuild Ireland's economy after the collapse, by nurturing trade and restoring the country's international reputation. "In one way I've contributed to developing economic links and promoting Irish trade in Luxembourg," he said, adding: "It's made my job much easier the fact there's such a dynamic community here."

Mr O'Leary will take up a new posting as Deputy Head of Mission at the Irish Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, in September. He will be succeeded by Peadar Carpenter who takes up post on August 1 and comes from Dublin where he was Head of Consular Services.

Marja Lehto, who has been in post for five years and served for two years as dean to the diplomatic corps, will return to Helsinki to work in international law for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"I'm very satisfied and I must also commend the authorities here for their understanding," Ms Lehto said, adding she felt she had accomplished her goals: "I've been able to convey a picture of Luxembourg that corresponds better to the reality than the image presented in the press."

Ms Lehto will be succeeded by Timo Ranta, who will start on September 1.

Danish Ambassador Louise Bang Jesperson leaves her post at the end of July when the embassy will close. She will take up a new post as Ambassador to Luxembourg and Belgium, based out of Brussels.

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