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King and Queen of the Netherlands Host Diplomatic Corps for New Year Celebration

In a gesture of international goodwill and solidarity, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands graciously hosted the traditional New Year’s reception for the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of international organizations based in the Netherlands. The majestic event took place at the Royal Palace Amsterdam on Tuesday, January 16, marking a significant occasion early in the year for fostering diplomatic relations and cooperation.

The reception commenced with a grand procession as guests arrived at the Royal Palace, adorned in national dresses, uniforms, or elegant afternoon attire. They were received with the utmost respect and protocol, being presented to the King and Queen in the Troonzaal in order of precedence.

Following this ceremonial presentation, guests were invited to the Burgerzaal, where the King delivered a sincere speech, emphasizing the importance of nurturing strong diplomatic ties and collaboration. His words left an impression of a deep sense of responsibility towards global peace, justice, and sustainable development. In his address, the King underscored the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ commitment to active participation in international affairs, recognizing the invaluable role played by diplomats in advancing shared goals and addressing pressing global challenges.

Reflecting on the prevailing geopolitical landscape, the King expressed solidarity with regions affected by conflict and turmoil, notably highlighting the ongoing aggression in Ukraine and the suffering endured by civilians in Israel and Gaza. He stressed the imperative of finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts and reiterated the Netherlands’ dedication to working in partnership with the international community to promote stability and prosperity worldwide. “In my many conversations and meetings with you, one thing always stands out. Despite the big differences between the countries you represent, the similarities are even bigger. Each one of you is working hard to create a world in which young people can build a bright future for themselves.” He declared.

The King’s sentiments were echoed by the newly appointed Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen, who delivered her inaugural speech during this momentous gathering. With a somber acknowledgment of the challenges faced in the past year, particularly regarding international peace and security, Ambassador Ghanem called for concerted global cooperation to address crises and restore stability in conflict-ridden regions.

“We all were shocked and saddened by the catastrophic events in the Middle East, where thousands of civilians are killed and displaced, most of them are women and children.” She stated. “What is happening in the Middle East, Africa and Europe is alarming and proves that our continuous collective cooperation is essential to maintain a just and sustainable peace all over the world. What is happening across the globe is a lesson to be learned and considers as an open bleeding wound needs to be healed.”

Drawing attention to the alarming consequences of climate change, Ambassador Ghanem emphasized the urgent need for collective action to mitigate its impact and safeguard the planet for future generations. She urged diplomats to redouble their efforts in pursuit of sustainable solutions and reaffirmed their important  role in shaping a more equitable and peaceful world.

Mme. Beatriz Piza, Costa Rica spouse, Mme. Virna Mayerfas and H.E. Mr. Mayerfas, Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Arnoldo Brenes Castro, Ambassador of Costa Rica, H.E. Mr. Askar Zhumagaliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan and spouse, Mme Ainura Mami, Mme Amal Almasser and husband H.E. Mr. Ziad Al Atiyah, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia and spouse.

The gathering served as a reminder of the importance of diplomacy in fostering understanding, cooperation, and dialogue among nations. It encapsulated a spirit of unity and resolve as diplomats from diverse backgrounds and cultures came together to reaffirm their commitment to shared values and aspirations.

As glasses were raised in a toast to the new year, there lingered a sense of optimism and determination to confront the challenges ahead with renewed vigor and solidarity. The royal celebration underscored the Netherlands’ unwavering commitment to multilateralism and diplomacy as indispensable tools for building a brighter, more inclusive future for all. In the words of King Willem-Alexander, may 2024 be a year of progress, unity, and peace.

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