President Christian Receives the Letter of Credence for Ambassador of Germany

On Monday, August 28, 2017, President Peter M. Christian received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Dr. Gordon Kricke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Federated States of Micronesia, in an official ceremony held at the President’s conference. He is cross-accredited from Manila, Philippines.

The ceremony was followed by a courtesy call by which Ambassador Kricke conveyed warm regards to the President from the President of Germany, H.E. Frank-Walter-Steinmeier.  President Christian congratulated Ambassador Kricke on his new appointment and welcomed him to the FSM, expressing his gratitude for the occasion and sharing his hope that the two countries cooperate and capitalize on issues of mutual interest at all levels.  Ambassador Kricke thanked President Christian for accepting his Letter of Credence and indicated that he looks forward to working with the FSM.

President Christian and the Ambassador exchanged views and comments over a number of possible areas of cooperation and assistance with emphasis in climate change which lead to the discussion on the upcoming COP23, which will be held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.  Among other issues that were also discussed was the special friendship enjoyed between Germany and the FSM, as confirmed by FSM’s continuing support of Germany on issues of mutual interest in the United Nations.  Germany’s candidacy to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term of 2019 to 2020 was also briefly discussed.

Those present at the ceremony were Vice President Yosiwo P. George and other members of the President’s cabinet and staff from the President’s Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs.