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Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

Iraq's ambassador Mr. Bekir Fatah Hussain and his retinue outside the East Gate at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Friday 20 September, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The new ambassadors were Lebanon's ambassador Mr. Ali Ajami, Iraq's ambassador Mr. Bekir Fatah Hussain, Cyprus' ambassador Andreas S. Kakouris and South Korea's ambassador Son Sung-Hwan.
 
At the ceremony, the ambassadors submit their credentials — a document from their head of state — to The King, who then grants them the formal right to work in Sweden.
Lebanon's ambassador Mr. Ali Ajami on his way to the formal audience at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

Lebanon's ambassador Mr. Ali Ajami on his way to the formal audience at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

Iraq's ambassador Mr. Bekir Fatah Hussain arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm via Slottsbacken. Photo: royalcourt.se

Iraq's ambassador Mr. Bekir Fatah Hussain arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm via Slottsbacken. Photo: royalcourt.se

Formal audiences follow a traditional ceremony. The ambassador is collected in one of the Royal Mews' carriages from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and is taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.

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