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75th CLASS

Handing over of diplomas to new diplomats

His Majesty the King encouraged the new Secretaries of Embassy to safeguard Spain's interests "in the increasingly complex international arena". In his turn, Minister Albares said he was proud to see that "gender equality is also making its way" into the diplomatic career.

April 2, 2024
During the speech that closed the ceremony, His Majesty the King assured that Spanish foreign policy is driven through the principles encompassed in the Constitution, among which he highlighted those of freedom, defence of democracy, respect for human rights, international legality and the firm determination for a peaceful world. "These are values with a vocation for permanence", he added. 

Minister Albares, for his part, underlined that, "for a second consecutive year, we have a class with more women than men", and has committed himself to advance towards parity, an aim that he considered to be "legitimate". During his speech, the head of Spanish diplomacy claimed the "prestige of Spain" and the prestige of the Spanish diplomatic corps, "who has been able to earn international respect and recognition". He then encouraged the new diplomats to promote and spread Spain's values around the world, as well as its "cultural richness" and its "linguistic wealth".  

The new diplomats, 16 women and 12 men, have successfully completed both the public examination and the selective course at the Diplomatic School and are already in their first assignments at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Photos: Pepe Méndez (Nolsom)​