President receives credentials from new German ambassador

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), served as deputy head of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency (2007-10) and, since 2016, was NATO's first chief of intelligence. Omer Messinger/PAP/EPA

President Andrzej Duda received credentials from the new German Ambassador to Poland. The acceptance of credentials by the head of state is the last stage of the procedure, after which Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven would start his diplomatic mission in Warsaw.

Also on Tuesday, the president accepted credentials from new British Ambassador Anna Clunes.

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a former ambassador to the Czech Republic (2014-16), a former deputy head of Germany's BND intelligence service (2007-10) and the first head of NATO intelligence (from 2016).

The candidature of the new German ambassador was finally approved in late August. Germany's former Ambassador to Poland Rolf Nikel concluded his diplomatic mission to Poland in late June.

President Duda also accepted credentials from the new Ambassadors of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Republic of Panama, the Kingdom of Norway and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The acceptance of credentials by the head of state is the last stage in the procedure for admitting the head of a diplomatic mission in a given country. The letters indicate the name and surname of the head of the mission and contain clauses on maintaining and strengthening relations between states. From the moment the president accepts the letters, the head of the diplomatic mission may begin to perform their duties in the host country.