International Government Relations

Diplomatic Relations

​Protocol is the official procedures or rules governing diplomatic interactions. The Chief of Protocol enables the City to have smooth interactions with foreign visitors, dignitaries, and the consular corps. Alexis Gordon serves as the Chief of Protocol for the City of Charlotte by providing protocol guidance and other relevant information on international relations to city staff and public officials.

The members of the North Carolina Consular Corps serve several functions, primarily to protect and advance the interests of the countries they represent. Currently, North Carolina has three Consulates and 26 Honorary Consulates.

Every year the Charlotte International Cabinet endeavors to host a joint meeting with the Honorary Consuls of both North and South Carolina.


NC Consular Posts 

Consulate General of the United Mexican States
Claudia Velasco Osorio, Consul General 
431 Raleigh View Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
919 615 3653

Consulate of the Republic of Guatemala 
Jorge Archila, Consul General
6050 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
984 200 1601

Consulate of El Salvador
Emilia Recinos Montes, Consul
1520 West Boulevard, Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28208
980 280 2190

NC Honorary Consular Posts 

Honorary Consulate of Belize
Dr. Edward Lee Paul, Jr., Honorary Consul
1135 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 203
Wilmington, NC 28405
910 256 6689

British Honorary Consul for North Carolina
Mr. Michael Teden, OBE, Honorary Consul
330 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
704 332 0002

Honorary Consulate of Canada
Mr. Ryan Combs, Honorary Consul 
2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh, NC 27608

Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic 
Mr. Petr Vasicko, Honorary Consul 
3700 Arco Corporate Drive
Suite 475
Charlotte, NC 28273
704 807 1478

Honorary Consulate of Finland

Mr. Todd Wiebusch, Honorary Consul
2709 Water Ridge Parkway, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28217
704 731 2403

Honorary Consulate of the French Republic, Charlotte
Mr. Joël Gallegos, Honorary Consul
Office of International Programs
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
704 687 7755 

Honorary Consulate of the French Republic, Raleigh
Mrs. Marie Claire Ribeill, Honorary Consul
313 Meeting House Circle
Raleigh, NC 27615
919 413 8481

Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Charlotte
Mr. Reinhard von Hennigs, Honorary Consul 
112 South Tryon Street, Suite 1500
Charlotte, NC 28284
704 333 5220

Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Raleigh
Ms. Margaret N. Rosenfeld, Honorary Consul 
Office Box 2611
Raleigh, NC  27602-2611
919 821 6714

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Guatemala, Emeritus
Mr. Steven Kropp, Honorary Consul 
Mrs. Karen Kropp, Honorary Vice Consul
PO Box 220810
Charlotte, NC 28222-0810
704 333 5958

Honorary Consulate of Hungary 
Mr. Christian Istvan Domeny, Honorary Consul 
7327 Westcott Terrace
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270
646 801 7023

Honorary Consulate of Ireland
Dr. R. John Young, Honorary Consul
5925 Carnegie Boulevard
Suite 350
Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
704 529 1364

Honorary Consulate of the Italian Republic
Dr. Claudio Carpano, Honorary Consul 
1704 East Blvd., Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28203
704 373 1505
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Honorary Consulate of Japan
Mr. David Robinson, Honorary Consul 
4141 Parklake Avenue, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27612
919 755 1800

Honorary Consulate of the Lebanese Republic
Moise Antun Khayrallah, Honorary Consul
6208 Fayetteville Road, Suite 103
Durham, NC 27713

Honorary Consulate of the United Mexican States
Mr. Wayne Cooper, Honorary Consul
Patrick V. Brown,  Vice Honorary Consul of Mexico 
4424 Taggart Creek Road, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28208
704 394 2190

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Moldova
Mr. Florin Pindic Blaj, Honorary Consul
1117 2nd Street
Hickory, NC 28601
828 396 2220

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Mr. Gerard ter Wee, Honorary Consul 
5504 Commercial Avenue, Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27612
919 645 1100
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Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Nicaragua
Mr. Gilberto Bergman, Honorary Consul
5205 Monroe Road, Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28205
704 537 1230 ext. 225  

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland
Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II, Honorary Consul
103 Birkhaven Drive
Cary, NC 27518-8942
919 637 7069 (mobile)

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Sierra Leon
Lawrence Taylor

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Spain, Charlotte
Ms. Luisa Garcia Pardo, Honorary Vice Consul
8134 Raintree Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Spain, Durham
Ms. Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar
506 North Buchanan Blvd. #3
Durham, NC 27701

Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Sweden
Mr. Magnus Natt Och Dag, Honorary Consul
940 NW Cary Parkway, Suite 102A 
Cary, NC 27513
919 531 0062

Honorary Consulate of Switzerland
Mr. Hanspeter Bretscher, Honorary Consul
1012 Market Street, Suite 305
Fort Mill, SC 29708
803 802 4442

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Turkey
Esta Gwendolyn Sancar, Honorary Consul 
743 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Apostille Certificates

If you need to get an Apostille for a document you are sending abroad, you can apply for one through the North Carolina Secretary of State

Examples of public documents for which Apostilles are issued include: birth, marriage and death certificates; extracts from commercial registrars and other registers; court rulings; notarial acts; academic diplomas issued by public institutions, etc.

North Carolina, and every other state, only authenticates signatures on documents that have been issued in North Carolina. If you have a document which was issued in another state, you must contact that Secretary of State or, in some cases, that state's Office of the Lieutenant Governor.