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Afghanistan: Ambassador Simon Gass Appointed as Senior Civilian Representative

Ambassador Simon Gass will replace Ambassador Mark Sedwill as Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) in Afghanistan, according to statement released today by NATO.

Ambassador Sedwill has served as SCR in Kabul since February 2010. His replacement will arrive in the country fresh from duties in Tehran as the British Ambassador to Iran.

The NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

“Ambassador Gass is a highly qualified diplomat who will bring a regional perspective to this important post. He knows how important the civilian and political aspects of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan are, especially as Afghans start taking the lead for their own security in the first half of this year. At the same time, I want to thank Ambassador Mark Sedwill for his sterling work in strengthening the political component of our engagement in Afghanistan.”

Ambassador Gass will represent the political leadership of the Alliance in Kabul both officially and publicly. The role of the SCR is to ensure that the governance and development work is closely coordinated with the security effort provided by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, ISAF.

Sir Simon Lawrance Gass is a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2011 New Year Honours list. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1977 after graduating with a law degree from Reading.

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