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Ambassador Rafik Asha of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN with Ambassador Edigio Ortona of Italy to the UN at the Pierre Hotel

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Ambassador Rafik Asha of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN with Ambassador Edigio Ortona of Italy to the UN at the Pierre Hotel celebrating the National Day of Italy

Ambassador Edigio was an early Ambassador who had great elegance and class presence in the United Nations. He was popular amongst haute société- very attractive always elegantly attired he cut, a swath in New York’s haute monde group.

Ambassador Rafik asha was extremely popular in New York - he loved the NY politicians and enjoyed their friendships. He was very humble and by the time he left NYC, he had an American accent. When he retired, he rented an apt in NY and stayed around.

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