President Duda receives credentials from new German ambassador

On Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda received the letters of credence from the new German ambassador to Poland; it was the last stage of the procedure after which Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven will begin his diplomatic mission in Warsaw.

The former German ambassador, Rolf Nikel, concluded his tenure at the end of June this year.

As Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, the past of Mr Freytag von Loringhoven’s father as an adjutant at the Berlin HQ of Adolf Hitler in 1945 could have made his candidacy controversial.

In the end, the nomination was accepted at the end of August which was announced by the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Szymon Szynkowski.

“In the wake of a range of talks with our German partners, we learnt that the future ambassador is aware of the fundamental importance of WWII history to Poland,” he said.

The president also accepted letters from the new ambassadors of Vietnam, Panama, Great Britain, Norway and Luxembourg.

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven is a seasoned diplomat who served as Germany’s ambassador to the Czech Republic in 2014-2016. In 2007-2010, he was a deputy head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND). In 2016, he became the first head of NATO intelligence, namely the Joint Intelligence and Security Division (JISD).