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Renowed Ghanaian Diplomat Aggrey Orleans is dead

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A Former Ghanaian Envoy to the United Kingdom, James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey-Orleans has died.

He died Monday, November 19, 2018, That’s according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirming his death.

He was High Commissioner to the UK from October 1997 to March 2001

James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey-Orleans (J.E.K) served in a number of other high-profile roles in his illustrious career including stints as Acting Clerk to Parliament, from 1979 to 1981, and Head of the Parliamentary Service.

He also served as Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1975 to 1979, and as Assistant Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO)

The statement described Mr. Aggrey-Orleans as a professional, and commended him for maintaining strong ties with the Foreign Affairs Ministry even after his retirement.

“Ambassador Aggrey-Orleans joined the administrative class of the Ghana Foreign and Diplomatic Service in 1963 and became well-known for his professionalism and versatility.

The highlights of his distinguished career include his role as Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and his appointment as Acting Clerk to Parliament and Head of the Parliamentary Service.”

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has since visited the bereaved family and signed a Book of Condolence which has been opened.

Born October, 1937 at Sekondi-Takoradi Mr. Orleans attended Mfantsipim Secondary School, and then the University College of Ghana.

He earned a degree from the University of London in French Language and Literature.

He also studied French at the University of Bordeaux, and followed up with a four-year post-graduate course of research in politics and diplomacy.

In 1963, he graduated in public administration

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