Outgoing Foreign Minister Heiko Maas handed over to his successor, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, at a ceremony in the Weltsaal at the Federal Foreign Office:
As Germany’s first female Foreign Minister, you will represent our country and this coalition for progress convincingly on the international stage.
I wish you all the very best in this role.
In her inaugural speech, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock underscored:
The world can continue to rely on our country. We stand firmly by European integration, the transatlantic alliance and our multilateral commitments: reliable on security policy, with clear foreign policy positions.
At the same time, this new Government has pledged to modernise the country – also with a view to strengthening the foundations of our international role.
However, this modernisation can only work if it is embedded internationally.
You can find some impressions here:
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will depart this evening (8 December) on her first trip as Foreign Minister to Paris, Brussels and Warsaw.