Thomas Matussek is new German Ambassador to India
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 22:37
New Delhi: Senior diplomat Thomas Matussek, who had earlier served as Press Counsellor at German Embassy here, on Wednesday took charge his country's Ambassador to India.

Matussek, who earlier headed Germany's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, presented his credentials to President Pratibha Patil here.

He succeeds Bernd Mutzelberg, who was named as Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Delhi posting is not new for Matussek as he had served as Press Counsellor at the German Embassy between 1983 and 1986.

During his tenure at the UN, he also worked closely with his counterparts from India, Brazil and Japan for reform of the UN Security Council.

Earlier, Matussek had been the Chief of Cabinet to Germany's Foreign Ministers Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Klaus Kinkel, the Director General of the Political Department at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and Germany's Ambassador to London.

"I have always felt a great fascination for this country. Also it has always been of great interest to me to see the long and manifold ties between India and Germany. I feel that it is important to build on this long tradition," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the German Embassy.

Matussek said he would like to enhance cooperation to find common answers to the big challenges of the times like climate change, reform of the global financial system and the UN, and combating international terrorism.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 22:37

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