The United Nations Secretary-General has announced the appointment of Jean Arnault as his new Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres, said that Mr. Arnault “will work closely with SRSG Deborah Lyons and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), whose long-standing work in support of the peace process as well as regional cooperation will continue, as mandated.”
The responsibilities of the Personal Envoy include to liaise, on behalf of the Secretary-General, with regional countries with the aim of supporting the negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban and implementation of any agreements which are reached, Mr. Dujarric added.
“Given the importance of regional cooperation in support to Afghanistan, the Personal Envoy will seek to advance the good neighbourly relations contributing to peace in the country”, the spokesperson said.
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