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As the first diplomatic envoy to visit following the resumption of international visitor arrivals on the 13 January, Ambassador Stefan Krawielicki hosted a small gathering involving Prime Minister Brown, Secretary Herrmann, members of the diplomatic corp and members of the local German community to celebrate last year’s 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Amongst the outcomes of the current visit by Ambassador Krawielicki was the delivery of consular services to a notable number of German nationals who’ve been unable to renew passports as a consequence of COVID imposed border closures
The Cook Islands and Germany established diplomatic ties on 11 September 2001. The move came after Germany recognised the Cook Islands as a self-governing country back in March 2001.
In a speech made last year, Ambassador Krawielicki said the Cook Islands and the Republic of Germany have enjoyed “close and friendly cooperation” for a long time. He said he was particularly honoured to serve as Germany’s Ambassador to the Cook Islands
During the early days of COVID onset in 2020, Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration worked closely with the German Embassy in Wellington and Germany’s Honorary Consul in Rarotonga Heinz Matysik to facilitate repatriation of German and EU nationals to home country following border closures in New Zealand and beyond.
In discussions during Ambassador Krawielicki´s visit affirmed shared aspirations for more targeted and niche cooperation between the Cook Island and Germany in the forward years.
Interesting article from the cook island News here