Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (6 October) on the Security Council decision to appoint António Guterres as the new UN Secretary-General:
“I am pleased that the Security Council has selected António Guterres as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has my heartfelt congratulations – this is a very good choice!
I hope the General Assembly will also give António Guterres a lot of support and a strong mandate for his work at the head of the United Nations.
I know and value António Guterres as an outstanding and very dedicated UN High Commissioner for Refugees. We have worked together very closely in recent years, always in a spirit of mutual trust.
Given all his experience and his whole personality, I am certain that he can live up to the great responsibility of being the face of the United Nations and giving it a voice.
In a world out of joint, the United Nations is more important than ever. António Guterres can confidently rely on Germany’s support.”