NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION HELD BY H. E. MR. JOACHIM GAUCK, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

On invitation by H. E. Mr. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, H. E. Ambassador Sitona Abdalla Osman attended the New Year’s reception for the Diplomatic Corps on 15th January, 2015, at Bellevue Castle, residence of the German President.

The New Year’s reception for the Diplomatic Corps by H. E. Mr. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is the most important reception in the beginning of the year. All Ambassadors attend the reception.

In his speech H. E. Mr. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, was mentioning last year’s 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution in 1989. He identifies the German reunification and the end of the Cold War as great success of international diplomacy. He mentions the shocking events in the beginning of 2015; the murder of hundreds of people by Boko Haram, the Terrorist attack on the French magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ where 17 people died and the response to the attack when millions of people demonstrated against hatred and intolerance around the world. 2015 will become a tough year for diplomats, the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the refugees risking their lives to come to Europe are still unsolved. His speech also included the topics: end of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, climate change and the role of Germany in the globalized world.