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Swiss Ambassador presents credentials to Zimbabwe President

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Ambassador Stéphane Rey presented his letters of credence to President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a credential ceremony at State House in Harare.

The ceremony included a bilateral meeting with the President where matters of mutual interest were discussed. Ambassador Rey conveyed greetings and best wishes of the Swiss Federal Council and expressed Switzerland’s commitment to further strengthen existing friendly relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Rey informed the President of the work of Swiss companies in Zimbabwe and that Switzerland will be launching its new cooperation programme for Zimbabwe soon that will prioritize improving food security, health, climate change, livelihoods of youth, and good governance.

In response, President Mnangagwa welcomed the new ambassador and assured Switzerland of continued cooperation.

Previously Head of peace policy and programmes at the State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Stéphane Rey oversaw all peacebuilding and mediation initiatives worldwide for Switzerland. His past roles in the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign affairs include Deputy chief of mission at the Swiss embassy in Tehran (Iran), head of the political affairs team at the Permanent mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York and deputy head of the UN Security Council and political affairs unit at headquarters. Prior to joining the Swiss diplomatic service, he was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and in Sierra Leone. He also served as a humanitarian policy officer at the UN Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) in New York.

Stéphane Rey is also a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group, after being re-appointed by António Guterres in August 2022.

A native of Fribourg, Switzerland, he holds an MA in History and Literature from Fribourg University and an MSc. in Social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Meanwhile Ambassador Rey also presented credentials to the president of Malawi.

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