Government & Politics

UN chief appoints former German President KAlhler as his Western Sahara envoy

New York (IINA) � United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed Horst KAlhler, former president of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, UN News reported.

KAlhler succeeds Christopher Ross of the United States who completed his assignment on 30 April 2017. Guterres appreciated Ross' tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate negotiations between the parties in order to achieve a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution to the Western Sahara issue.

KAlhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President of Germany (2004-2010), managing director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington (2000-2004) and president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (1998-2000). Further, he served as state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993) before being appointed president of the German Savings Bank Association (1993).

Source: International Islamic News Agency