German Ambassador Peter Ammon Presents Credentials to President Obama
Enlarge image President Obama and Ambassador Ammon in the Oval Office on September 9, 2011 (© Official White House photo) Peter Ammon presented his credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in the United States to President Obama at the White House on Friday, September 9.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Ambassador Ammon conveyed his profound sympathy to the President and personally delivered a message of Chancellor Merkel in which she expressed her compassion for the victims and their families. On this occasion the Ambassador presented a historic photo of the expression of solidarity shown by the crew members of the German navy ship Lütjens when it passed an American Navy ship in the middle of the Atlantic days after the attack: The German sailors held up a banner with the words: We Stand by You.
In his conversation with the President the Ambassador expressed his great admiration for and confidence in the United States and its creative and dynamic people.
The President underlined his close relationship with German Chancellor Merkel and described the state of US-German relations as outstanding. He found warm words on Ambassador Ammon’s experience in Economic and Financial matters which he sees in the forefront of our bilateral exchange. In this context Ambassador Ammon pointed out that German investment in the US has led to the creation of more than 650,000 jobs in this country.
After the meeting Ambassador Ammon said:
“I have stressed Germany’s and my own personal commitment to the German-American friendship. Germany and Europe on the one side and the US on the other side are partners sharing the same values and interests. In this time of greater global challenges, it is our common aim to foster a fair and just global economic and political order.”
About Ambassador Ammon
Peter Ammon, who holds a Doctorate in Economics from Berlin’s Free University, most recently served as State Secretary at the Foreign Office.
Born 1952 in Frankfurt/Main, he has close ties to the US through family relations and many long-standing friendships. From 1999 to 2001, he served at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. as Economic Minister. In 2007 and 2008, he was appointed German Ambassador to Paris, France. Prior to that he served as a career diplomat in London ; Dakar/Senegal; and New Delhi. From 1996 to 1999, he was Head of Policy Planning and speech writer to the German President. He has always been a staunch advocate of free trade. As Director General for Economics at the German Foreign Office from 2001 to 2007, he helped prepare the G8 world economic summits for German chancellors Schroeder and Merkel.
Peter Ammon is married to Marliese Heimann-Ammon. They have two grown daughters, Ariane and Christina.