Mahmoud Saikal new Afghan ambassador to UN
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Seasoned diplomat Mahmoud Saikal has been appointed as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the United Nations.
With over two decades of experience with government, international organisations, private sector and civil society, he replaces Dr. Zahir Tanin.
Taninhas been appointed as special representative of the UN secretary general and head of the UN Mission in Kosovo.
A formal change of guard took place in New York on Thursday in the presence of Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah, who is attending the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
On the occasion, Dr. Abdullah thanked Tanin for his services to Afghanistan and mentioned his achievements during his long ambassadorial tenure.
He congratulated TaninON his appointment as SRSG and introduced Saikal as new Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the world body.
Previously, Saikal served as special representative and senior advisor to the CEO, deputy minister of foreign affairs and ambassador to Australia and New Zealand.
Saikal has been instrumental in negotiation of various agreements, including the 2014 deal on the formation of the unity government and the Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability, an initiative launched in Kabul in 2013.
He was also part of negotiations of the Afghanistan Compact, which was launched at the London International Conference in 2006, as well as the 2006 Afghanistan-NATO Declaration.
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