August 17, 2023
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. received His Excellency Andreas Michael Pfaffernoschke, Resident Ambassador-Designate of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Philippines, as the German envoy presented his letter of credence in a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace.
The President expressed his firm belief that the possibilities and potentials of further strengthening relations between the Philippines and Germany show a great deal of promise. Noting the changes the world sees today, he underscored the importance of reinvigorating these ties not only in terms of trade, diplomacy and politics, but in people-to-people relations as well.
Ambassador Andreas Michael Pfaffernoschke expressed his intention to contribute with all his force to foster the Philippines-Germany relations in all aspects, particularly in the areas of trade, investment and economic cooperation, joint efforts in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and in maintaining international order based on the principles of the United Nations (UN) Charter.
The Philippines and Germany formally established diplomatic relations in 1954. Over the years, bilateral cooperation developed into a broad-based partnership ranging from joint projects in different areas including climate, environment, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction, as well as the peace process in Mindanao. Human rights, people-to-people exchanges and commitment to a rules-based order in the region also top Germany’s policy in the Philippines.
The German Ambassador’s presentation of credentials today came at an opportune time as the Philippines and Germany are preparing to celebrate the 70th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2024.
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