On May 10, 2023, the ambassadors of three nations – the United States, Qatar, and Monaco – presented their credentials to President Droupadi Murmu of India in a formal ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The US ambassador, John J. Sullivan, conveyed his country’s commitment to strengthening its partnership with India and expressed his eagerness to work towards advancing mutual interests in areas such as defense, trade, and education.
Ambassador Sullivan also highlighted the significance of the shared values of democracy, diversity, and freedom that are fundamental to both India and the United States.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Qatar, Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, conveyed his country’s eagerness to further strengthen its bilateral relationship with India in areas such as energy, investment, and tourism.
Ambassador Al Muraikhi also commended India’s significant contributions towards regional stability and development and expressed Qatar’s desire to work together towards mutual prosperity.
Lastly, the Ambassador of Monaco, Isabelle Rosabrunetto, expressed her country’s keen interest in expanding cooperation with India in areas such as culture, environment, and sustainable development.
Ambassador Rosabrunetto also praised India’s progress in various fields, including its efforts toward achieving a clean and sustainable future, and highlighted the significance of fostering partnerships that promote shared values and aspirations.
In response, President Murmu welcomed the envoys and expressed her appreciation for their respective countries’ commitment to strengthening ties with India.
She also conveyed India’s eagerness to deepen its bilateral relationship with each of the countries represented by the envoys and highlighted the importance of promoting cooperation towards shared goals and objectives.
The presentation of credentials is a customary practice in which newly appointed ambassadors formally introduce themselves to the host country’s head of state and establish the official start of their diplomatic tenure.