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Exchange in the foreign office : Stubborn a diplomat following musicians

The world hall of the German Federal foreign office (AA) has seen a lot, but the appearance of Eric Iran was for the wood-paneled, posh space on Friday morning, but then a Premiere. In front of hundreds of diplomats and ambassadors Eric Iran, the most famous Kenyan musician singing his song, "Daima Mimi Mkenya" ("Let us all be Kenyans") - a hymn to the unity of the country, which should bring in 2007 in the civil war warring groups back together. On the wing of the Secretary of state, Walter Lindner, made himself and his guests to a touching farewell gift accompanied him.

The Diplomat with the characteristic horse-cock is, in fact, as Ambassador to New Delhi, where he, like all of its diplomatic stations Abroad, musicians of different cultures together. In his time In Nairobi (2006 to 2009) he had made with Iran music, the song, the Lindner, at the time, contributed to fewer people died in the civil war-involved and less people. "I'm in the foreign office, because I'm happy abroad," said the lawyer: "Otherwise, I would have gone to the Ministry of the interior."

The outgoing Secretary of state, in his long career, among other things, the press spokesman for the then foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer, Crisis Manager and special envoy for the Ebola crisis, gave his Mitdiplomaten the Council, it was important "to have another thing to burn". He plays many instruments. "Without music I would have to keep the Diplomatenjob never out," he said. His successor, the former Political Director Antje Leendertse, who had formerly worked under Fischer in the press Department, made Lindner courage: "those Who survived, Joschka Fischer, for many years, also creates the Secretary of state Post." The even more unconventional Diplomat called to the diplomatic colleagues: "it Remains unconventional, remains colorful!".

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foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) praised Lindner's successor to be "unpretentious", "really indestructible adamant, not only to others but also to me" as well as "a kind of living Diplopedia", so it is always informed about all Details of international politics. Leendertse, according to Emily commander-in-chief (2011 to 2013), the second state Secretary in the AA. Very many colleagues have sent their congratulations to the new task, said the top diplomat. It was her concern, "we said to our service in the Interior so strong and so time according to set up as humanly possible", you: "we should be able to carry more than good ideas, to be due to incorrect priority setting, unnecessary bureaucracy or inadequate financial or technical equipment slowed down." In addition, the German foreign policy must declare "home, what new demands the world puts out there to our Actions in the heart." Finally, the new Secretary of state wished your predecessor a "happy reincarnation as an Ambassador in New Delhi".

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