Ex-Italian envoy to Pakistan appointed as NATO representative in Afghanistan

Stefano Pontecorvo brings diplomatic experience, including on Afghanistan and broad regional context, says NATO chief

News Desk May 04, 2020
Pontecorvo has served as Italy's ambassador to Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

Former Italian ambassador to Pakistan, Stefano Pontecorvo has been appointed as Nato's senior civil representative in Afghanistan.

The announcement was made by The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in a statement on social media on Monday.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the official statement said, "I am glad to announce that I have appointed Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo as Nato’s next Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan."

Ambassador Pontecorvo will take up his post on June 1.

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"He brings a long-standing diplomatic experience, including on Afghanistan and the broad regional context,” the Nato chief added.

Pontecorvo is an Italian national and had served as Italy's ambassador to Pakistan.

The responsibility of NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan involves carrying forward the alliance's political-military objectives in the country and the region.

“Nato allies and our partner countries remain firmly committed to Afghanistan’s log-term security, which is important for our own security,” Stoltenberg maintained.


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