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Two new EU ambassadors in Tripoli and Port au Prince

(BRUSSELS2) The High Representative has appointed two new ambassadors of the European Union, one in Tripoli (Libya), the Slovak Peter Zsoldos, the other in Port au Prince (Haiti), the Spaniard Javier Niño Perez.

Peter Zsoldos was until recently Slovakia's ambassador to Egypt, he had a good career at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, notably as head of the minister's office, but this is not the first time that he poses the foot in Libya. Born in November 1952, graduated in philosophy from Comenius University in Bratislava and the University of Havana (Cuba), he speaks fluent Arabic as well as Spanish and Hungarian or English. He first worked in the international relations department of the Ministry of Health. In this capacity, he spent several years as an economist at the Misrata polyclinic (Libya). In 1991, he joined what is still the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, notably as deputy director in the NGO department, then moved to the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993. He was notably ambassador to Portugal (1993-1997, director deputy in the protocol department (1997), head of the Latin America division (1998), director of the NATO department (1999), then ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2000-2004), before taking charge of the secretary's office of State for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006), then as deputy (2007), until he arrived at the embassy in Cairo.

Javier Niño Perez was until now Chargé d'Affaires of the EU delegation to Cuba. He spent a good part of his career at the European Commission, at DG Relex and in delegations. A graduate of the University of Valladolid (Spain), as well as the College of Bruges and the Free University of Brussels (ULB), he joined the Commission in 1994, after working in the field of development cooperation.

Within DG Relex he was notably in charge of political issues in ACP countries as well as conflict prevention and crisis management, therefore specializing in ESDP issues (European Security and Defense Policy).

 

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).