Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid swears in new UAE ambassadors

Vice President and Ruler of Dubai receives diplomats at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi

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Two Emirati ambassadors were sworn in before Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai received Ibrahim Al Mashrekh, UAE ambassador to Austria, and Saeed Al Maqbali, ambassador to Comoros, at Qasr Al Watan, where they pledged their loyalty to the UAE and its President.

The ambassadors vowed to respect the UAE’s constitution and laws and to prioritise the Emirates’ interests while performing their diplomatic tasks.

Sheikh Mohammed called on the ambassadors to work sincerely to consolidate the UAE's relations with Austria and Comoros. He also directed them to be ambassadors of peace and tolerance and to represent the best of Emirati cultural heritage abroad.

On Monday, Sheikh Mohammed also received the credentials of six new ambassadors to the UAE from Pakistan, Argentina, Lithuania, Malaysia, Estonia, and the Netherlands.

They each conveyed the greetings of their leaders to President Sheikh Khalifa, and Sheikh Mohammed and expressed their happiness at representing their nations in the UAE, calling it a "beautiful country with a tolerant people and strong civilizational and humanitarian achievements," state news agency Wam reported.

They vowed to make every effort to develop and strengthen relations between the UAE and their respective countries.

Sheikh Mohammed wished the new ambassadors success and encouraged them to connect with UAE ministers and officials – particularly in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation – to facilitate their work.

"This country and yours have many great opportunities that can be seized and activated at various levels, be it in culture, tourism or investment, or other areas that can contribute to bridging the distance between our people and yours," Sheikh Mohammed said.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, also attended the ceremony.