Ambassador Cotter became Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in September 2014.
It is always a great honour to be asked to represent your country as Ambassador. I am particularly pleased to have been appointed to represent Ireland in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (with secondary accreditation for the Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Iraq, Sultanate of Oman and Republic of Yemen). Saudi Arabia is a very important country globally in both political and economic terms. It is the only Arab country to be a member of the G20. There is a longstanding and very positive relationship between Ireland and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I will wish to do everything I can to further develop and strengthen this relationship during my term in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Is mór an onóir i gcónaí é nuair a iarrtar ort ionadaíocht a dhéanamh ar do thír i gcáil Ambasadóra. Is cúis áthais ar leith dom gur ceapadh mé chun ionadaíocht ar dhéanamh ar son na hÉireann i Ríocht na hAraibe Sádaí (le creidiúnú tánaisteach i leith Ríocht Bhairéin, Phoblacht na hIaráic, Shabhdánacht Óman agus Phoblacht Éimin). Is tír an-tábhachtach í an Araib Shádach ar domhan ó thaobh cúrsaí polaitiúla agus cúrsaí geilleagracha araon. Is í an t-aon tír Arabach amháin í atá ina ball den G20. Tá caidreamh an-dearfach idir Éire agus Ríocht na hAraibe Sádaí le fada an lá. Is mian liom gach rud is féidir liom a dhéanamh chun an caidreamh sin a fhorbairt agus a neartú a thuilleadh le linn mo théarma i Ríocht na hAraibe Sádaí.
Ambassador Cotter has almost 40 years of experience of working across the Irish public service and has also previously had the honour of representing Ireland as Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia.