Helga Schmid is one of the most experienced German diplomats. She is now assuming an important position on the international political stage. Foreign Minister Maas raves.
The German diplomat Helga Schmid has been appointed as the new General Secretary of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said on Friday in Berlin that he could not imagine “no better contribution” to an OSCE capable of acting than the appointment of Schmid to the top post. He congratulated the 59-year-old and said: “We will support her to the best of our ability.”
Schmid expected “a difficult and important task”, said Maas and added: “I have great confidence in her.” The top posts at the OSCE have been vacant since the extension of the mandate of then Secretary General Thomas Greminger and three other representatives failed due to resistance from individual participating States.
Important role in nuclear deals
According to Maas, Schmid has “the necessary experience”. She is one of the most prominent German diplomats; In the EU, she is valued, among other things, for her key role in negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran.
The OSCE, which consists of North American, European and Central Asian states and is based in Vienna, is committed to promoting stability, peace and democracy.