Common Celebration for Four Continents (with photo gallery)

Hungary, Budapest – The African-Hungarian Union (AHU), the Hungarian Asia Society (ASHU) and the Hungarian-Latin American Association (LATIMO) started the New Year together at a reception in the Museum of Military History. It was the first time that the members and partners of the three sister organizations were welcomed together by their leaders.

 

This is a very unusual scenario, admitted the founder of the sister organizations, Mr. Sándor Balogh in his welcome message, since this time it was the diplomats and partners who came to see the civil organizations, whereas earlier it was the members of the civil organizations who were invited to the similar events of the diplomats and other organizations. But in the future this will more often happen as the organizers are planning to make it a tradition and would like to celebrate together to bring the three continents more closely to us, and within this to Europe and to Hungarians. At the reception the leaders of AHU, ASHU and LATIMO thanked all who helped and supported their work in the past year and will stand by their side in 2013 too. We do need and will need them. Mr. Sándor Balogh mentioned at the event that in 2013 AHU is planning another volunteer medical mission in Africa, and has started preliminary negotiations with Guinea and Malawi.  

 At the reception Afromagic; Mr. Mbay Ndiaye (member of AHU) and two of his fellow-artists played the conga and sang African songs, Mr. Omotunde Komofale (also founding member of AHU) presented a fashion show combining colors and styles of Africa and Hungary, Mr. Miklós Both, musician and composer (member of ASHU) played Hungarian music, Ms. Irda Risdiarti fascinated the audience with an Indonesian dance and Mr. Géza Jeszenszky-Böhm, pianist, played Latin-American music. The MC of the event was Ms. Kelly Jack.

 

As the complete list of invited guests and participants would fill several pages, we set aside it here. However, the three organizations would like to say a special thank you to their guests from:

 

 

Asia:

 

Iran: H.E.Ambassador Sayeed Seyed Agha Banishemi 

Afghanistan: H.E.Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil

Philippines: H.E. Ambassador Eleanor Jaucian, Patricia Barera Consul General 

Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Azerbaijan

Indonesia: Ms. Ingrid Rosalinda, Deputy Head of Mission

Iraq: H. E. Ambassador Kasim Asker Hasan

Japan: Mr. Naoki Mitori, First Secretary

Kazakhstan: Mr.Karibzhanov Rimtay, Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. Kambarov Kajrat, Consul

Azerbaijan: Mr. Qalib Hasanov,Chargé d’Affaires

South-Korea:  H. E. Ambassador Nam Gwan-Pyo

Malaysia: H.E. Ambassador Kamilian Makson

Mongolia: Mr. Symia Batzana, Consul

Palestine Autonomy: Mr. Elian Keswani, Deputy Head of Mission

 

 

Russia: Anton Goriev, Consul

Finland: Ms. Garai Szilvia, Vice-consul, President of MBKK

 

Africa:

Algeria: H.E. Ambassador Lounes Magramane

Egypt: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Ashraf Mohsen Mohamed Mohsen

South-Africa: Ms. Kedibone Ramatsa, Chargé d’Affaires

Libya: Mr. Abdurhaman Ben Omran, Chargé d’Affaires

 

Latin-America:

 

Argentina: Mr. Claudio Giacomino, Chargé d’Affaires

Brazil: H. E. Ambassador Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima

Ecuador: H.E. Ambassador Jaime Barberis Ecuador

Chile: Mr. Jorge Vidal, Attaché

Attaché of the Embassy of Mexico

 

United States: Mr. Joe D. Laird, Second Secretary

Honorary Consuls:

Mr. László Kiss, Republic of Seychelles

Mr. János Bocsánczy, Sierra Leone

Mr. Ambrus Nyerges, Bangladesh

Mr. Ashaber Wanna, Ethiopia

Mr. Boldizsár Entz, Republic of Ghana

Dr. András Batizi, Jamaica

Mr. Gáspár Gulyás, Representative of Gambia accredited to Vienna

 

Partners:

 

Dr. Littvay-Kovács Áron, International Head of Department – BKIK

Mr. Pető Ernő, President – ChinaCham

Mr. László Németh, Senior Counselor, GYEMSZI

Mr. Attila Regöci – Regö Kft.

Ms. Zsuzsanna Vizi -HITA

Dr. Attila Belatiny-Kenéz, Zsigmond Király College

Dr. Péter Szatmári, Zsigmond Király College

Mr. László Botz, Zsigmond Király College

Mr. Zsolt Egeli, Vice-Mayor of Szerencs

Mr. Mustafa Elziftawi, Insight Tours

Ms. Margit Batthyány-Schmidt, Agrarian Chamber

Ms. Shereen Tahseen, EgyptAir

Guests:

Ms. Magdi Rúzsa singer

Mr. Sorel Kembe actor

Ms. Kata Jaksity presenter

Mr. Sándor Fábry humorist

Mr. Tvrtko Vujity presenter

Mr. László B.Tóth radio presenter

 

Photos by Mr. György Konkoly-Thege.

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