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Accreditation of foreign ambassadors

When a country wishes to appoint a person ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the same procedure applies as when Germany appoints an ambassador abroad. To establish whether the Federal Republic approves the appointment, the country requests the Federal President’s agrément.

For the act of accreditation in Germany, the ambassador-designate is greeted in front of the Federal President’s official residence with military honours. He or she then signs the visitors book in the gallery and proceeds, accompanied by several high-ranking members of the embassy, to the Langhanssaal at Schloss Bellevue, where he or she presents his or her Letter of Credence to the Federal President and the outgoing ambassador’s Letter of Recall.

The new ambassador and the Federal President then withdraw for a first talk, which not only gives them the opportunity to get to know one another but often also to convey political messages. Leave is taken of the ambassador again with military honours, this time including the hoisting of his or her country’s national flag to show that the ambassador is now legally entitled to perform his or her duties. The ambassador is driven to and from the Federal President’s official residence in a presidential limousine with an escort of honour of 5 police motor-cycles.