Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has appointed Stefano Pontecorvo as the alliance next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, a statement said on Monday.
"I am glad to announce that I have appointed Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo as NATO’s next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan,” the statement quoted Stoltenberg as saying.
Ambassador Pontecorvo will take up his post on June 1. He brings a long-standing diplomatic experience, including on Afghanistan and the broad regional context.
“I look forward to working closely with him at this critical juncture for Afghanistan’s future, where all actors need to come together in the interest of peace and to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“I thank Italy for its continued commitment to strengthening the Afghan security forces so that they can create the conditions for a sustainable peace,” Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg also thanked outgoing Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Sir Nicholas Kay for his outstanding service, and his contributions to the cause of peace and security for all Afghans.