(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News)

KABUL (Pajhwok): The new Deputy Special Representative (Political) of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan has arrived in Kabul.

On June 17, 2022, António Guterres, the head of the UN, appointed German Markus Potzel as his new DSR for Afghanistan.

A United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAM) statement said Potzel arrived in Kabul on July 3.

Potzel brings to this position more than 27 years of professional experience in diplomacy and international cooperation.

He has eight years of professional experience in and about Afghanistan. More recently, he served as German Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Potzel held several senior positions in the German Foreign Office, including as German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2017-2021).

He has worked as Commissioner for Crisis Management (since 2016), German Ambassador to Afghanistan (2014-2016) and Head of the Middle East Division of the German Federal Foreign Office (2010-2014).

Potzel was also personal assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009), in the parliamentary and ministerial division of the German Foreign Office (2004-2005), as head of the economic and commercial section of the German Embassy in Tehran. (2000-2004) and Head of the Cultural Section of the German Embassy in Singapore (1997-2000).

In 2010, he was a visiting scholar at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, studying relations between Iran and Afghanistan.

Potzel holds a master’s degree in Persian and English languages ​​and literatures from Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany and Dushanbe University in Tajikistan.

He is fluent in German, English, Persian and Dari.



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