Ambassador Fritsche Visits ND and SD Marking 49th and 50th States Visited!
In early June Ambassador Claudia Fritsche travelled to North Dakota and South Dakota, her first visit to both states. Her trip began in Bismarck, ND where she met with Governor Jack Dalrymple as well as Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Assistant Attorney General Parrell Grossman. With Governor Dalrymple she discussed Liechtenstein-US relations including Liechtenstein's private sector presence throughout the US, namely its strong presence in the manufacturing sectors. As a symbol of friendship, Assistant Attorney General Grossman presented her with an Honorary Citizen Award along with a key to the city. Ambassador Fritsche also visited the North Dakota Heritage Center where she learned about the region's history and culture.
Ambassador Fritsche with North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.
Ambassador Fritsche travelled next to Pierre, SD marking the 50th US state she has visited since being posted in the US in 1990, first as Ambassador to the United Nations and later to the US. She was received by Governor Dennis Daugaard and Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill.
Ambassador Fritsche with South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.
Her time in South Dakota could not be complete without a trip to Mount Rushmore, a great symbol of America's Founding Fathers.
South Dakota marked Ambassador Fritsche's 50th US state visited.
Ambassador Fritsche also visited Brookings where she had a discussion with members of the South Dakota World Affairs Council. There she spoke about Liechtenstein's history, relations within Europe and in the US as well as its greater international engagement especially in the area of Women Peace and Security.
At the conclusion of her trip she was interviewed by South Dakota Public Radio where she discussed the significance of her trip to the Dakotas as well as her time as a diplomat in the US over the past 25 years.