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
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
"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.