DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 07/21/2004 12:00 am EDT

Though credential presentations are few during the summer months, over the past few weeks the Governor General has accepted the letters of three new heads of mission. On June 24, Olufemi Oyewale George officially became Nigeria's new high commissioner. "Diplomatic Circles" introduced Mr. George in the May 26-June 1 issue of Embassy. Mr. George shared the occasion at Rideau Hall with Aly Diané, Guinea's new ambassador. Mr. Diané has had a successful career in foreign affairs, though his academic background is actually in engineering, having received his post-graduate diploma in engineering from the Gamal Abdel Nasser Polytechnic Institute in Conakry, Guinea in 1976. Later that year, he started working in telecommunications. In 1981 Mr. Diané began his first overseas posting at the embassy of Guinea in Paris, serving as Second Secretary responsible for cultural affairs and press relations. After five years, Mr. Diané returned home to work for the government as chargé for the Organization for African Unity and for the Political and Cultural direction of Southern Africa. In 1990 Mr. Diané became head of the accreditation section. He later became responsible for overseeing ceremonies and official visits under the national direction of protocol, eventually becoming its associate national director in 1995 while simultaneously serving as minister plenipotentiary for foreign affairs. In 2002, he became the national director of political and cultural affairs at the Ministry of the Presidency in charge of foreign affairs and cooperation. Now Mr. Diané is in Ottawa to head his country's Canadian mission. Undoubtedly his experience with protocol and foreign affairs will be a great asset at the embassy.

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