Ambassador to Spain appointed
Minister of Foreign
13 November 2012
Ambassador to Spain
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
today named New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Spain as
career diplomat Michael Swain.
“As a key member of the
European Union, Spain is an important partner for New
Zealand and there is scope to develop our trade and economic
relationships,” Mr McCully says.
“We also share
political and security interests with Spain, notably through
our involvement in Afghanistan. Michael’s wide foreign
policy experience makes him eminently suitable for meeting
the challenges of this role.”
Mr Swain has previously
served in Shanghai, Beijing and New Delhi.
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