Dear fellow Swiss, dear citizens of Saudi Arabia, dear international partners
Having arrived mid-September in Riyadh, I am pleased and thrilled to work and live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. My wife Brigitte and I enjoy the warm hospitality you extend to us. Thank you so much for helping us settle in and feel at home!
We had put Saudi Arabia on top of our wish list as next posting. After four professionally and personally fulfilling years as Ambassador and Consul General in New York, we look forward to our work here. Our two countries are closely linked in many fields. And we are pleased to be in a country which has created and follows its own most promising vision for the future.
In the past three months, we had the opportunity to meet remarkable women and men in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar / Dammam. We are grateful for the many good discussions and, very importantly, for learning about your experience and views.
Together with my team at the Swiss Embassy, we are here to uphold the interests of Switzerland and the Swiss citizens and to promote our strong, robust relations with Saudi Arabia. We thank you for your committed work for this close partnership in many fields and assure you of our continued support.
I was proud for Switzerland and our partnership when I could present my credentials to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on November 25, 2018. I can now entirely fulfill my duties as Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Brigitte and I look forward to continue to connect with you, get to know you personally and learn about your experience and views.
Dr. André Schaller