Presentation of Credentials by H.E. Mr Baudouin de la KETHULLE de RYHOVE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of BELGIUM to the Principality of Monaco.
During the late morning on 15th May at the Prince's Palace, the official ceremony took place in which H.E. Mr Baudouin de la KETHULLE de RYHOVE, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belgium presented his Credentials to the Principality of Monaco.
H.E. Mr Baudouin de la Kethulle de Ryhove was accompanied for the occasion by Mr Laurent WASTEELS, Honorary Consul for Belgium in Monaco. After being welcomed in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Colonel Yannick Bersihand, Senior Commander of the Police Force, Ambassador Baudouin de la Kethulle de Ryhove was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant.
H.E. Mr Baudouin de la Kethulle de Ryhove then proceeded to present his Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Rene Novella, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Jean Pastorelli, Minister Plenipotentiary and Government Councillor for External Relations. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
Belgium becomes the forty-third foreign power accredited to the Principality of Monaco. The Principality of Monaco and the Kingdom of Belgium have officially maintained diplomatic relations since the creation of the Monegasque Legation on 2nd October 1931 and the appointment in the capacity of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by H.S.H the Sovereign Prince of H.E. Mr Count Henri de Maleville to Belgium.
Belgium, which ratified the Kyoto Protocol on 31st May 2002, has just launched “Spring for the Environment” the objective of which is to bring together all parties concerned (social partners, non-governmental organisations, regional ministers, scientists, experts, etc.) in order to make decisions that make it possible to protect the environment. Spring for the Environment will be completed early summer 2008.
Monaco and Belgium have always maintained very cordial relations; H.S.H Prince Albert will conduct an official visit to Belgium from 17th to 19th June.