But your work extends beyond the meetings and events you run so efficiently. By engaging with different people and traditions, you oversee a fundamental part of diplomatic and cultural exchange – you are building new bridges of understanding between nations. And that’s what diplomacy is all about.
You are critical to what we do, and I am grateful for your efforts. So, I hope that you will use the next few days to exchange ideas and knowledge, discuss best practices, evaluate and enhance your craft, and develop a blueprint for the future. And I look forward to seeing you on my travels soon.