German Ambassador to Poland Rolf Nikel who ended his six-year-long diplomatic mission to Warsaw on Tuesday, said that his greatest task was to continue the process of Polish-German reconciliation.
"After six wonderful years, my wife and I say goodbye to Poland. The magical landscapes and cultural richness of this country made a deep impression on us. Above all, however, many people will remain in our hearts. I express my thanks to all partners for the good cooperation and support of my mission," Mr Nikel said in a Polish-language video, in which he appeared with his wife Olivia Nikel, published on the "Germany in Poland" YouTube channel.
"My biggest task was to continue the historical process of Polish-German reconciliation, which is envied all over the world. This requires us to confront historical truth. Germany has committed unimaginable crimes in Poland, for which we will always be responsible. Such a position is represented by the federal government and I have always worked for this," the diplomat said.
Rolf Nikel pointed out that there were still many challenges facing the Poles and the Germans, which they can only meet jointly, as partners in the EU and NATO.
"From the fight against the coronavirus and its economic impact to the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank. Together we are stronger. Together we can make Europe stronger. This is also the motto of the German presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will start on July 1," the outgoing ambassador said.