State Counsellor Almut Möller and Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir – Picture by Hamburger Senatskanzlei.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany: Icelandic Ambassador to Germany, María Erla Marelsdóttir made paid her maiden visit to Hamburg, and was received at the city-state’s landmark city hall by the State Counsellor Almut Möller, Plenipotentiary to the German Federation, the European Union and for Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting both dignitaries discussed the traditional relations between Iceland and Hamburg but likewise future economic cooperation.
Ambassador Marelsdóttir likewise held a tête-à-tète with Senator Michael Westhagemann, President of the Authority for Economy and Innovation, concerning the collaboration between Iceland and Hamburg in sustainable and renewable energies, and more specifically a possible joint project to build up a hydrogen infrastructure.
During her stay in Hamburg Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir furthermore met with Icelandic business people based in Hamburg, and paid a visit to the Literaturhaus.
Ambassador Marelsdóttir was accredited to Germany on 11 September 2019. In addition to her native Icelandic, she speaks fluent German, English and Swedish. Beyond Germany, she is non-resident ambassador to Poland, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. She served once already in Germany when the Icelandic mission was based in Bonn.
For further information
Embassy of Iceland in Germany: https://www.government.is/other-languages/botschaft-von-island-in-berlin/die-botschaft/#Tab1
Hamburg State Counsellor Almut Möller: https://www.hamburg.de/staatsraete/12997618/almut-moeller/
Hamburg Senate: https://diplomatmagazine.eu/2020/06/12/hamburgs-senate-revealed/