Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:13:43 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Sidney Poitier: a life in pictures

1997 - Ambassador Poitier



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Later in his life, Poitier's role as an elder statesman of film saw him become part of the diplomatic corps of his native Bahamas. In April 1997, Poitier became the Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan, a position he still holds (although it doesn't require him to reside in Japan.) He is also the Bahamian ambassador to the United Nations agency UNESCO.

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