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18 January 2017 News flash

Embassy of Monaco in France New Year address to diplomatic corps accredited to Monaco

Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation © Cyril Bailleul

The traditional New Year address for representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Monaco was given on Tuesday 17 January at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris.

Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and H.E. Mr Claude Cottalorda, Monaco’s Ambassador to France, welcomed almost 90 ambassadors accredited to the Principality of Monaco, the vast majority of whom are based in France.

Against the background of a global context which continues to be a cause for concern, the Minister delivered a message of friendship and peace in his introductory speech. He also recalled the terrible events which occurred on 14 July in Nice, which will remain a tragedy for the entire region.

Mr Tonelli relayed a message from H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who noted Monaco’s “confidence in the future, through linking the Principality’s actions to the efforts of the international community to build a world of peace and cooperation.” The message also confirmed for ambassadors that the Principality would maintain its commitments in the environmental and humanitarian fields, and would continue to pursue discussions with the European Union.

These messages provided an opportunity to stress the importance Monaco attaches to dialogue and solidarity between nations, in order to strive for a peaceful world.

As of today, Monaco has diplomatic relations with 133 countries throughout the world and 110 ambassadors are accredited to the Principality, 99 of whom are based in Paris.

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