LILONGWE (MalawiTalk)- New High Commissioner of India accredited to Malawi, Subbiah Gopalakrishin presented his letter of credence (letter of commission) to President Dr Lazarus Chakwera at Mtunthama State Lodge in the capital Lilongwe on Tuesday.
High Commissioner Gopalakrishin reassured President Chakwera that relations between the Malawi and India would continue to flourish, and that it was his highest priority to further strengthen ties between the two countries.
A letter of credence is a formal diplomatic letter that appoints a diplomat as ambassador to another sovereign state. Commonly known as diplomatic credentials, the letter is addressed from one head of state to another, asking him to give credence to whatever the ambassador may say on his country’s behalf.
The letter is presented personally by the ambassador to the receiving head of state in a formal ceremony, marking the beginning of the ambassadorship.
Upon arrival at his post, an ambassador meets with the foreign minister to arrange for an audience with the head of state, in Malawi is the President.
The ambassador carries both a sealed original and an unsealed copy of this credentials. The unsealed copy is given to the foreign minister upon arrival, and the original is presented personally to the head of state in a formal ceremony.