New German Ambassador to Poland presents credentials to president

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven/Twitter

Germany's new ambassador to Poland, Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven, presented his credentials on Tuesday to Polish President Andrzej Duda, the final procedure before starting his diplomatic mission.

At the ceremony, von Loringhoven said Polish-German relations were full of opportunities and challenges, noting that the two countries were joined by a 1,000-year history featuring both high points as well as tragic episodes in which many Poles had been victims of German crimes.

In a short video clip posted on his Twitter account, von Loringhoven said Poland is one of Germany's most important partners.

"It is a real honour and great pleasure for me that I can be ambassador in your wonderful country - the country of our neighbour, one of the most important partner countries with which so much connects us: a 1,000-year history full of highlights and unfortunately also a tragic past, in which many of your forebears became victims of cruel crimes committed by our forebears," the ambassador said partly in Polish and partly in German.

"We are also connected by an unprecedented path to reunification and prosperous multi-faceted cooperation today," he continued, adding that the coronavirus pandemic had shown compatibility and solidarity among Europeans and THAT solidarity - he said - "is the lesson of Poland."

Among contemporary challenges, von Loringhoven listed climate change, digitalisation, mobility, energy sources, scientific research and innovation, stating that they were the most important issues of the German presidency of the EU Council.

The previous German ambassador, Rolf Nike, finished his diplomatic mission in Warsaw at the end of June.

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a seasoned official and diplomat having served as ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2014-2016. Between 2007 and 2010 he was deputy head of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and since 2016 the first head of NATO intelligence.