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H.E. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South African ambassador to Athens, Greece

    

DS: Last country where you were based before being posted to Greece

HE: I was a Cabinet Minister before – this is my first diplomatic posting.

DS: Most interesting place in Greece

HE: Meteora has so far been the most interesting place in Greece.

DS: Your impression about Greece in 3 words

HE: Wonderful warm people!

DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit

HE: To visit Quebec in Canada is still on my bucket list.

DS: Most memorable appointment thus far

HE: Meeting the Greek President.

DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far

HE: I have had a very smooth ride up until now, but I am sure something challenging will come up.

DS: Place in your country that you love to visit.

HE: Cape Town.

DSMost interesting place to visit elsewhere

HE: Switzerland.

DS: Favourite dish of your country

HE:  Boerewors (spicy sausage).

DSTastiest dish of another Country.

HE: Italian trippa.

DSThe best book I have ever read.

HE: I love reading, so the list is too long.  I llke fiction, but political autobiographies are probably at the top of my list.

DS: At the moment I am reading

HE: “Soft Power” by Joseph Nye.

DS: I spend my leisure time

HE: Reading, going to the gym and exploring Greece

DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat

HE: As a politician you should think before you speak, as a diplomat you should do that at least twice.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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February/March 2020

 
 
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