H.E. Mr. Stavros Avgoustides, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Stavros Avgoustides is a career diplomat, serving in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic ofCyprus since 1998. On October 23rd 2019, Mr. Avgoustides presented his letter of credence, as AmbassadorExtraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to the Custodianof the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Mr. Avgoustides previously served inseveral Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus: As Deputy Head of Mission/ Consul in Damascus,Syria (1999-2001); as Consul in Athens, Greece (2002-2006); as Chargé d' Affaires in Sofia, Bulgaria (2006-2009); and as General Consul in Toronto, Canada (2009-2011). In his first term as an Ambassador of theRepublic of Cyprus to the Republic of Bulgaria (2014-2018), Ambassador Avgoustides was bestowed byH.E. the President of the Republic of Bulgaria with the Order of the Madara Horseman - First Class, forhis significant contribution to the establishment, strengthening and development of bilateral relationsbetween Cyprus and Bulgaria, as well as, his efforts and support in raising awareness and funds for localand international charity organizations assisting children in Bulgaria. During Cyprus' first Presidency ofthe European Council (2012), Mr. Avgoustides successfully chaired the European Council’s Working Groupon Consular Affairs (COCON). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia, he served in both the Protocoland Consular Affairs Divisions (1998-1999 and 2011-2014); in the EU Affairs Division (2001-2002) and in theMiddle East and Africa Division, where he served as Head of the Middle East Department (2018 – 2019).