Ambassador Lazar Comanescu was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, offered by Federal President Joachim Gauck
German Ambassador Werner Hans Lauk organized at his residence in Bucharest on Monday evening an event occasioned by the awarding of the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mr. Lazar Comanescu, former Romanian ambassador to Berlin.
The event was attended by President Klaus Iohannis, numerous ministers, presidential advisors, MPs, by National Bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu and numerous other personalities from the economic, financial and cultural walks of life.
“Today is a special day in which we honour a remarkable personality that is among the most committed promoters of Romanian-German relations, having strong personal ties both in Romania and in Germany, Dr. Lazar Comanescu,” the German ambassador stated.
“Esteemed Mr. Comanescu, for your long and successful activity as Romanian ambassador to Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, has awarded you the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and I, as his representative in Romania, was tasked with handing you the trappings of the order and the honorary rank. This distinction is an important and visible sign of appreciation for your tireless and successful commitment in favour of bilateral relations between Romania and Germany,” the ambassador added.
“As a result of your lengthy and valuable experience as diplomat and head of Romania’s mission to NATO, EU, but mostly as Foreign Affairs Minister, your appointment as ambassador to Berlin in 2009 was a fortunate decision. You quickly became an appreciated, important and extremely valuable partner of dialogue up to the highest circles of the Federal Government, to the highest level of other German institutions at federal and local levels,” Werner Hans Lauk added.
“As ambassador to Germany you supported and decisively spurred understanding between our nations at all levels of society, through official visits. Former Foreign Minister Corlatean’s visit to Berlin, on 20 March 2014, is but one of the examples of high-level meetings that took place during your term in office. You have expressed your special commitment toward bilateral ties through close and intense contacts with the leadership of the Federal Foreign Affairs Ministry in Berlin – actions that were reflected positively through the visit paid by former Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle in 2010 or the visit of former Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Steinmeier in March this year,” the ambassador stated.
“You have a major contribution to the fact that Romanian-German relations have attained an excellent level in all domains, as mentioned by Federal Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of his visit to Romania on March 9-10,” Werner Hans Lauk added.
In his speech, Presidential advisor Lazar Comanescu thanked the ambassador for the order received and outlined his desire to act for the further development of bilateral relations on multiple levels.