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Vershbow in United States to Attend Conference

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow. Image courtesy NATO

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow, is currently visiting the United States for meetings with United States government and United Nations officials. Ambassador Vershbow will travel to Washington DC and New York City during his stay in North America from Tuesday 29th April until Monday 5th May 2014. The NATO deputy leader will also contribute to a conference organised by the ... Read More »

Sean Kelly Appointed Australia’s Consul-General in Chennai

Sean Kelly, Australia's Consul-General to Chennai. Image courtesy DFAT.

Mr Sean Kelly will become Australia’s next Consul-General in Chennai, following an announcement by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, on 10th January 2014. Mr Kelly will tend to relations between the Australian government and the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, as well as the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry, which ... Read More »

Vershbow to Visit Israel

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow. Image courtesy NATO

NATO’s Deputy Secretary General is set to visit Israel on 15th – 16th January 2014. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will meet with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Ze’ev Elkin, the Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the National Security Advisor, Mr Yossi Cohen and other top officials. Ambassador Vershow is scheduled to give a speech at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. He ... Read More »

Europe Expresses Concern Over Maldives Election

President Waheed, Maldives.

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Representative, Catherine Ashton, has expressed concern over the Presidential election underway in the Maldives. The second round of voting in the Presidential election was delayed by a Supreme Court ruling which added an extra six days to the run-off vote, just hours before polling was set to begin. The election is the third in three ... Read More »

Senators in Tasmania and Northern Territory Announced

Australians at the polls in Smithton. Image via @richardmcolbeck

The results of the Senate elections for Tasmania and the Northern Territory have been announced. The Australian Electoral Commission made the results public ahead of formal declarations in Hobart and Darwin. Tasmania Senators Richard COLBECK – Liberal Carol BROWN – Australian Labor Party David BUSHBY – Liberal Catryna BILYK – Australian Labor Party Peter WHISH-WILSON – Australian Greens Jacqui LAMBIE ... Read More »

Turkey and Pakistan Reaffirm Ties as Prime Minister Sharif Visits Ankara

Nawaz Sharif and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey and Pakistan have drawn closer after a visit by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Ankara, where he was met by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several agreements were signed during the high level meeting, including plans for more flights between Turkey and Pakistan as well as reciprocal assistance in combating extremism. The Turkish Minister of the Interior, Muammer ... Read More »

Australian General Election Set for 7th September 2013

Kevin Rudd makes election announcement, 4th August 2013

The Governor-General of Australia has accepted the Prime Minister’s recommendation to dissolve Parliament and to set an election for 7 September 2013. A half Senate election will be held at the same time as the election for the House of Representatives – the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, commented that the arrangement “will spare the Australian community the additional expense and ... Read More »

Håkan Jevrell is Named Swedish Ambassador to Singapore

Håkan Jevrell

Håkan Jevrell has been named as the new Swedish Ambassador to Singapore. Mr Jevrell’s career has spanned appointments as District Prosecutor at Västerort local public prosecution office in Stockholm, deputy head of coordination at the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office and State Secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Defence between 2007 and 2012. A member of the Moderate Party in Sweden, ... Read More »

Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin Appointed EU Special Representative in Afghanistan

Franz-Michael Skjold-Mellbin

Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin was today appointed EU Special Representative in Afghanistan. Ambassador Skjold Mellbin is a senior Danish diplomat with more than 25 years of experience, most recently as Denmark’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will take office on 1 September, with his mandate initially running until 30 June 2014. The Special Representative will also head the EU ... Read More »