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His Excellency George Chacalli


Leonidas Pantelides became ambassador of Cyprus to the United States on June 27, 2016. Ambassador Pantelides previously served as first deputy permanent secretary/director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-16); ambassador/permanent representative of Cyprus to the United Nations in Geneva (2011-13); and head of the Diplomatic Office of the President of the Republic (2008-11).

In addition, he was the Cypriot ambassador to Russia, with parallel accreditation to Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus (2004-08); ambassador to Greece, with accreditation to Albania, Bulgaria and Romania (2001-04); and ambassador to Sweden with accreditation to Iceland, Norway, Latvia and Denmark (1998-2001). Other postings include director of the Office of the Foreign Minister (1997-98); director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary (1996-97); member of the presidential working team during the U.N.-sponsored intercommunal negotiations (1993-98); and first secretary at the Cypriot Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1989-93).

Ambassador Pantelides studied philosophy and holds a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of the University of Kent in England (1983). The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the concept of time.

He has taught international affairs as a part-time professor and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Diplomatic Academy at the University of Nicosia. The author of a book on philosophy, Ambassador Pantelides was born in Nicosia on Jan. 11, 1953, and is the father of four grown children.



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