Missions and official visits abroad

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Journey in Southeast Asia
June, 1996

When He was Heir to the throne, H.S.H. Prince Albert conduct regularly various missions and official visits, notably :

South East Asia, June 1996

This trip was aimed at promoting the Principality of Monaco and to establish contacts with Heads of State and members of parliament, as well as with those in the upper echelons of the spheres of business and economics.

In Thailand

His Highness was received by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindorn and H.R.H. Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and met with members of parliament.

In Singapore

Initial contacts were made with a view to a closer collaboration in the fields of commerce and tourism. Several discussions were held with Mr. Ong Teng Cheong, President of the Republic, and members of parliament.

In Hong Kong

His Highness had the opportunity of speaking with a number of leading business-people and economic representatives.

South East Asia, November 1997

His Highness led a mission for economic and tourism promotion for the Principality of Monaco to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Sultanate of Brunei.

During this trip, the Prince met with : H.M. Dymm Yang Di Pertuan Agong, King of Malaysia, H.R.H. The Crown Prince of the Sultanate of Pahang and members of the Royal family, H.E. Mr. Suharto, President of the Republic of Indonesia and H.M. the Sultan of Brunei.

Japan, February 1998

Upon an invitation by the Japanese Government, His Highness made an official visit to Japan, where he was received in a private audience by H.M. the Emperor and H.M. the Empress as well as H.I.H. Crown Prince and H.I.H. Princess Masako.

This visit was coupled with an economic mission, followed by meetings with the country's highest ranking authorities.

Canada, June 1998

This visit fitted into the framework of a diplomatic and economic tour with meetings centring on the French-Speaking World, the Olympic Games, Multimedia and University exchange programs between the two countries.

His Highness met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Bernard Landry and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Ottawa.

The Lebanon, September 1998

Crown Prince Albert was received in Beirut in an audience with the President, Mr. Elias Hraoui, and also held talks with the Prime Minister, Mr. Rafic Hariri.

Added to by conferences of an economic character, this visit fitted within the framework of the Convention of Co-operation signed in 1994 by the two countries, which provides for the contribution of financial and technical aid on behalf of the Principality, for a reforestation program on the site of El Barouk on Mount Lebanon.

Brazil, November 1998

Invited by the Brazilian Government, the Prince was received in audience in Brasilia, by H.E. President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. This official visit was coupled with an economic mission to Sao Paolo.

Switzerland, March 1999

During a trip to Berne, the Prince was received in a private audience by Mrs. Ruth Dreifuss, President of the Swiss Federal Republic, and held talks over lunch with Mr. Flavio Cotti, Federal Councillor for Foreign Affairs.

China, June 1999

Upon an invitation by the Chinese Government, His Highness made an official visit to the People's Republic of China from June 10th to 17th. His Highness led a delegation composed of representatives of the Monegasque Government and the economic and business fields.

During his trip, the Prince was received in audience by Mr. Jiang Zemin, President of People's Republic of China, Mr. Hu Jintao, Vice-president, and Mr. Tang Jiaxuan, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Prince and the Monegasque delegation visited Pekin, Xian, Shangaï and Hong Kong.

Tunisia, October 1999

From October 2nd to 5th, upon an invitation by M. Hamed Karoui, Prime Minister of Tunisia, H.S.H Crown prince Albert made an official visit to Tunisia. His Highness has been received by M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, M. Hamed Karoui, Prime Minister and M. Saïd Ben Mustapha, Minister for the Foreign Affairs.

Philippines, November 1999

Upon an invitation by H.E.M. Joseph Estrada, President of the Republic of the Philippines, H.S.H Crown Prince Albert made an official visit in this country from November 8th to 10th. His Highness has been received by the President of the Philippines, Mrs Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Vice-President et M. Domingo Siazon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During His stay, Prince Albert visited the Rice International Research Institute of Los Banos , the island of Corregidor and Subic Bay.

Jordan, November 2000

At the invitation of His Majesty the King Abdallah II, Crown Prince Albert went to Jordan from the 7th to November 9th to take part in the conference "Peace by tourism", organized by "the International Institute for Peace through Tourism". It gathered more than two hundred participants from sixty countries. With this occasion, the Principality joined with the creation of a park dedicated to the late King Hussein of Jordan.

Morocco, March 2001

From the 11th to the 13th of March, Crown Prince Albert paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. His Highness was received in Royal Audience by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The talks were related to the development of long standing friendly relations which link Morocco and the Principality.

Crown Prince Albert went to the Royal Mausoleum to deposit a wreath on the tomb of His Majesty Mohammed V and to pay homage to His Majesty Hassan II. Prince Albert also visited the Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca.

A stay marked by the signature of a convention-program between Monaco and Morocco, including a technical aid, exchanges of information and competences as well as the supply of equipment intended for the quality control of the air in urban environment.

This trip was doubled with a mission carried out by a delegation of the Economic Chamber of Development of Monaco in order to develop trade between the two countries.

Russian Federation, July 2001

His Serene Highness Prince Albert was the host of the Russian Government from July 9th to 11th, 2001, before taking part in the 112th session of the International Olympic Committee held in Moscow from July 12th to 16th.

The Prince was made Honorary Member of the Naval Assembly in Saint Petersburg.

He was then received in Moscow by Mr. Mikhail Kassianov, President of the Government of the Russian Federation and was his host over lunch.

His Highness also met Mr. Ivan Sergueev, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Ministry of Economic Development. The latter reaffirmed the support of his country towards the adhesion of Monaco at the European Council.

A joint declaration on cultural exchanges was signed at the Ministry of Culture.

The Prince made a speech in front of the members of the Commission of Foreign Affairs of the State's Douma. He pointed out the actions undertaken by the Principality towards the international authorities before drawing the attention of the Russian deputies sitting at the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council on the importance of their support to the Principality at the time of the decisive vote concerning its admission at the European Council. Mr. Dimitri Rogosine, President of this Commission confirmed the support of the Russian deputies.

During his stay Crown Prince Albert also visited the "City of Stars", training center for astronauts and the Red Square.

Republic of Slovakia, May 2002

Upon an invitation by H.E.M. Rudolf Schuster, President of the Republic of Slovakia, H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert made an official visit in this country from May 28th to 30th.

His Highness was received by the President, and H.E. Mr. Mikulas Dzurinda, Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Eduard Kukan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jozef Migas, President of the National Council.

During His stay, Prince Albert was made Honorary member of the Miner's Brotherhood of the city of Banska Stiavnica and was qualified as a Blacksmith by the President in his native village of Medzev.

During the talks, Slovakian authorities responded favorably to the request of opening an Honorary Consulate of the Principality in Bratislava and expressed their hope to see Monaco becoming soon a member of the Council of Europe.

Central America, November 2002

Republic of El Salvador

Upon an invitation by H.E. Mr. Francisco Flores, President of the Republic of El Salvador, H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert was the host of this country from 21st to 25th November 2002. Prince Albert inaugurate the Honorary Consulate of the Principality in San Salvador. He also gave a check of 152.000 euros to the President consisting in the first payment of the tri-annual assistance by the Principality to Salvador. Those funds will be used for the maintenance of sports and socials equipments built for the 19th Central Americans and Caribbean's Games. Crown Prince Albert, sponsor of those Games participate in the official ceremony on November 23rd, at the San Salvador stadium.

Republic of Panama

On November 26th and 27th, H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert, upon the invitation of H.E. Mrs. Mireya Moscoso, President of the Republic of Panama, visit this country. H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Navarro, mayor of the capital, gave to His Serene Highness the keys of the city. He went to the lock of Miraflores on the Canal of Panama.

Crown Prince Albert inaugurate a medical and social center named "Princess Grace"

Crown Prince Albert participate in Mexico, in the 114th session of the International Olympic Committee. Member of the CIO, and Honorary President of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon, with the headquarter in Monaco, Crown Prince Albert defend the maintenance of that sport in the Olympic program.

Cameroon and Madagascar, March 2003

Prince Albert traveled to Cameroon and Madagascar in March 10th to 14th and visit health and education centers supported by Monegasque charities.

While in Yaounde, Prince Albert was received by Mr. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon and visit the Princess Grace Center for homeless children and juvenile defenders.

In Madagascar Prince Albert was received by President Marc Ravalomanana. He has inaugurate the Rainier III Center in Fianarantsoa that treats children suffering from rickets. This center was created in 1997 at the initiative of Monegasque school children and Monegasque charity associations.

Prince Albert had also visited projects carried out by "Monaco Aide et Presence" over the past three years in the Fianarantsoa region. One such project was building a runway in the isolated community of Safata and later constructing a primary school. In Akamosoa, which is close to Antananarivo, Father Pedro Opeka had received Prince Albert. With the help of MAP and A.P.P.O., Father Pedro created a primary, middle and high school; community clinic and cafeteria; as well as a village of more than 100 homes.

Latin America : end of November beginning of December 2003

Chile November, 2003

From the 26th to the 28th of November 2003, H.S.H. Prince Albert paid an official visit to the Republic of Chile. His Highness has been received by the President Ricardo Lagos. During His stay He inaugurated a rosary garden dedicated to Princess Grace at the Cultural Institute in the Providencia Township. He also inaugurated the "AMADE Chile" offices presided by Mrs. Danièle Biancheri-Quintana, Consul of Monaco in Santiago.

He also visited the Roberto Del Rio pediatric hospital where He presided over a ceremony marking the recent renovation of the bronchial pulmonary wing.

Hereditary Prince Albert proceeded on to a gala dinner given in His honor by H.R.I.H. the Archduchess of Hapsburg de Riesle. A charity evening in the profit to the "Fundacion Auxilio Maltes".

Peru, December 2003

On December 1st, H.S.H. Prince Albert was received by President of Peru, Mr. Toledo Manrique. During His official visit in this country, His Serene Highness received the keys of the city by Lima's mayor and attended an equestrian show "Caballos Peruano de Paso" accompanied by Mrs. Eliane Karp, wife of the Peruvian president. He also visit the ruins of Pachacamac, the Osma Pedro Museum and the Peru Gold Museum.

Costa Rica, December 2003

On His arrival in Costa Rica, on December 2nd, H.S.H. Prince Albert was received by President Pacheco de Espriella. Prince Albert made a presentation about Monaco to the Costa Rican parliament. Prince Albert attend a charity gala dinner organized by the President's wife in the benefit of the Costa Rican Red Cross.

During His stay He also visit the Gold Museum, the "Finki Doka" coffee plantation, the Manuel Antonio National Park on the pacific coast and walk on the flanks of the Poàs volcano.

Republic of Bulgaria , November 2004

Upon an invitation by H.E. Mr. Gueorgui Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert made an official visit in this country on November 26th and 27th, 2004. His Highness was received by the President and H.M. Siméon de Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prime Minister. He also had talks with the Ministry of Education and Sciences regarding the accession of Bulgaria to the CIESM, and with the Ministry of the Environment on the bilateral agreement signed regarding the help provide by Monaco in the region of the Natural Parc of Stranja since 1993. During His stay, Prince Albert received the "Strara Planina Orde" with ribbon and visit the monastery of Bachkovo.

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