This is the former foreign minister, Essy Amara. He was distinguished from the order of the star of merit to the Palestinian state this Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
According to our confreres of abidjan.net, the award ceremony was held at the residential headquarters of Ramallah. The former minister was decorated by the current president of Palestine Mamouhd Abbas.
President Abbas and all the Palestinian people have done this action in recognition of the historic actions and support provided by Côte d’Ivoire to the Palestinian state in the struggle for freedom and independence
The ceremony was attended by Ziad Abu Amr, Deputy Prime Minister; Nasser Al-Kidwa, member of the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement; Mahmoud al-Habash, the president’s advisor for religious affairs and Islamic relations and the chief justice of Palestine; and Majdi Khalidi, Presidential Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs.
Essy Amara had a great career. He began his diplomatic career at the age of 27 in Brazil. He worked there as first counselor of the embassy of Ivory Coast.
Two years later, he was transferred to New York, to the permanent mission of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations.
The late Félix Houphouët-Boigny, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in his time, then sent him to Switzerland as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
After several missions abroad, Essy Amara was appointed in 1990, Ivorian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he held until 1998 before being appointed Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ( 1998-1999).