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Appointment of German Ambassadors

A German Ambassador is the personal representative of the Federal President to the head of state of the receiving country. There are several steps to be taken before an Ambassador can take up his or her duties:

  • The initial decision on an ambassadorial appointment is taken by the Federal Cabinet following a recommendation by the Federal Foreign Office.
  • The Federal President is asked to approve the decision.
  • The Federal Foreign Office asks the country in question whether it is willing to accept the proposed appointment, i.e. whether it will grant the “agrément”.
  • Once the agrément has been issued, the Federal President appoints the person Ambassador and signs a Letter of Credence to that effect.
  • The Ambassador presents his or her Letter of Credence to the head of state of the receiving country. This act, known as accreditation, allows the new Ambassador to begin work in the receiving country.