At the invitation of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, all foreign diplomats once again met at the start of the year at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. The traditional New Year Reception for the diplomatic corps saw Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl meet for the first time the entirety of the ambassadors accredited to Austria:
Taking place such a short time after I assumed my role as foreign minister, the New Year Reception is a pleasant occasion for me to personally meet all the foreign ambassadors. I look forward to a fruitful cooperation with the diplomatic corps.
Following an address by Federal President Van der Bellen and words of thanks from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen, the Federal President and Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl – as every year – thanked each ambassador personally and wished them a good start to the New Year. The reception traditionally takes place at the beginning of the year upon invitation of the Federal President.