Aquino receives new German envoy in Malacañang

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III received the credentials of His Excellency Joachim Heidorn as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Philippines in a ceremony at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace on Tuesday.

The new German Ambassador and his party were welcomed by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio.

Ambassador Heidorn was accompanied by the Charge de Affaires Ralph Timmerman; First Secretary and head of the administration, Ute Greul; administration attaché, Renate Haque-Bernutz, and press officer Carmina Barcelon.

In presenting his credentials, Ambassador Heidorn wished President Aquino well and happiness and thanked him for welcoming him to the country.

After the ceremony, the President ushered Ambassador Urabe to the adjoining Music Conference Room for a closed-door meeting.

Ambassador Heidorn took over the post vacated by his predecessor Ambassador Webber Lortsch.

In 2005, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of the Philippines celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

On April 25, 1955 a trade agreement was signed, which led to a dynamic commercial cooperation between the two countries. Soon after, diplomatic missions were opened in Manila and Bonn.

The year 1961 marked both the beginning of the official development cooperation, which has proven a remarkable impact on people's lives in the Philippines, and the opening of the Goethe-Institut Manila (German Cultural Center). Numerous academic linkages and the German School in Manila (founded in 1980) contribute to an intensive cultural exchange.

In 2008, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) was established further promoting and strengthening ties between the two countries. (PNA)

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