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Foreign Affairs Minister Chet Green has revealed intentions to commemorate the life and contributions of the late diplomat, Sir Ramez Hadeed, by instituting a diplomatic academy.
Greene, speaking on Observer Radio, shared, “The recognition of Sir Ramez and the legacy issue of the academy is something that, as Foreign Minister and certainly this government, would wish to continue to pursue as it marks and signifies excellence on the part of an outstanding Antigua and Barbuda citizen.”
Sir Ramez, the country’s longest-serving Ambassador since independence in 1981, held the position for Antigua and Barbuda in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Republic of Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates. His service spanned four administrations, highlighting a non-partisan commitment to nation-building.
In 2001, Sir Ramez was honored with the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCN) for his diplomatic achievements. This recognition was reaffirmed in 2022, acknowledging his exceptional 40-year contribution.
Just a few says ago, his knighthood was renewed at an investiture ceremony and Green says the plan was also to honour him with a reception and the establishment of the academy “inspiring young Antiguans and Barbudans to opt in that area of diplomacy.”
Despite his recent passing at the age of 80, reportedly due to a heart attack, the government remains committed to establishing the diplomatic academy.
The official funeral for Sir Ramez Hadeed, scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th, at 2:00 pm, will take place at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Cathedral at Michael’s Mount.