The cabinet on Sunday approved the appointments of six new ambassadors and consuls at Israeli missions abroad, including the appointment of Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely as ambassador to London.

The decision made at a weekly session accepted the recommendations of the Foreign Ministry appointments committee.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said: “These appointments constitute a significant landmark, after a long period in which some of the posts were not filled. These are professional and experienced people who will be stationed in a number of important capitals and will help advance the diplomatic, economic and security interests of Israel in this challenging period.”

Ashkenazi added that the appointments were essential to strengthen the ministry’s influence and leadership in Israeli diplomatic decision making.

“I’m glad that the cabinet unanimously approved the appointments as recommended by the Foreign Ministry,” he said.

The appointments approved include Tzipi Hotoveli as ambassador to London, Irit Ben-Abba Vitali, as ambassador to Beijing, Alexander Ben-Zvi, as ambassador to Moscow; and Alex Goldman-Sheinman as the envoy to Minsk.

The new consul general in Shanghai will be Edward Shapira, and the consul general in Bangalore will be Yehonatan Tzedaka.

Haaretz

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