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State Department bids farewell to 9 departing foreign ambassadors

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State Department bids farewell to 9 departing foreign ambassadors

The last three months of 2021 saw the departure of nine foreign ambassadors to the United States.

Between October and December, the following ambassadors completed their tour of duty in Washington, according to the State Department: Madjid Bouguerra (Algeria); Chum Sounry (Cambodia); François Nkuna Balumuene (DR Congo); Mamadou Haidara (Côte d’Ivoire); Vince Henderson (Dominica); Gilad Erdan (Israel); Mahamadou Nimaga (Mali); Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal) and Piotr Wilczek (Poland).

A statement from the Office of the Chief of Protocol offered gratitude to the nine ambassadors “for their service, and for furthering diplomatic ties between our countries.”

Ambassadors Vince Henderson of Dominica; Gilad Erdan of Israel; and François Nkuna Balumuene of Congo.
Ambassadors Piotr Wilczek of Poland; Madjid Bouguerra of Algeria; and Mahamadou Nimaga of Mali.
Ambassadors Chum Sounry of Cambodia; Yuba Raj Khatiwada of Nepal; and Mamadou Haidara of Côte d’Ivoire.

Larry Luxner

Miami native Larry Luxner, a veteran journalist and photographer, has reported from more than 100 countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia for a variety of news outlets. He lived for many years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Washington, D.C., area before relocating to Israel in January 2017. Larry has been news editor of The Washington Diplomat since 2005.