The State President, to the incoming Thai Ambassador:
"Thailand is a paradise for tourists the world over. Terrorists must never be allowed to destroy that Garden of Eden. Thai security forces are doing an excellent job to ensure that that never happens."
New Ambassadors from Thailand, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain and Fij presented their credentials to the State President. The five new Ambassadors thanked the President for the privilege of being able to serve in Israel, and to help promote strategic relationships between the countries. The President in turn congratulated the new Ambassadors, adding: "Israel is a friendly country and I have no doubt that you will feel at home here. I also feel certain that you will make a significant contribution to extending cooperation, friendship and links, in a wide range of fields, between Israel and your countries."
There was a unique moment during the ceremony when the Ambassador from Fiji knelt before the President, in the traditional manner, when presenting his credentials.
In his exchange with the Ambassador of Thailand, the President expressed his appreciation of the way Thailand battles against terrorism: "Thailand is a paradise for tourists the world over. We must never allow terrorists to destroy that Garden of Eden. Thai security forces are doing an excellent job to ensure that that never happens." The Thai Ambassador thanked the President, and also expressed his appreciation for the help Israel has given to Thailand: "The assistance that Israel conveyed to Thailand after the terrible floods last year greatly helped our country's recovery".
In his remarks to the Nepalese Ambassador, the President added: "The magical attractions of Nepal have captured the hearts of young Israelis." In his thanks, the Ambassador replied: "Nepal is deeply grateful for the assistance and support that Israel has given in the fields of education and agriculture. We invite Israeli investors to take advantage of the opportunities awaiting them in Nepal."