Speech of H.E. the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Botswana Victor Sibilev at the Farewell Luncheon for outgoing High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia Brigadier General Mr. Patrick R. Tembo (Gaborone, April 18, 2019)
1. Dear colleagues, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations,
As the Dean of the diplomatic corps in Botswana, let me greet all of you at today’s Farewell Luncheon in order to mark the end of the tour of duty of High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia Brigadier General Mr. Patrick R. Tembo, the Deputy Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, and thank him cordially for the good teamwork and active interaction.
Executing our duties we highly appreciate Mr. Tembo’s and his staff assistance in holding different events and being successful in any case. We are certain that he has been able not only to maintain the results of his predecessors in the relations between Zambia and Botswana but raise them to a qualitatively new level. Separately we also want to acknowledge, Mr Tembo, the engagement of your spouse in the diverse diplomatic events and her activity in the Association of spouses of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Botswana.
I would also like to thank the High Commissions of Mozambique and the United Kingdom for their kind assistance to the Russian Embassy in preparing and holding today's Farewell event.
And now I wish to invite Mr. Tembo with response message.
2. Dear colleagues, at our meeting we would like to touch the issue of financing the events of our Diplomatic Corps. In order to present its state and appropriate proposals we are glad to give the floor to our Treasurer, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ms. Kate Ransome.
3. In conclusion, we wish you, dear colleague, again to reach new achievements in your further diplomatic activities, all your endeavours at home and abroad and present a memorable gift “Botswana craft painting” on behalf of the whole Diplomatic Corps. Good luck.