Ambassador to Afghanistan Appointed
Hon Murray McCully
23 May 2013 Media
Ambassador to Afghanistan
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
today announced the appointment of career diplomat John
Mataira as Ambassador to Afghanistan.
“New Zealand has
made a significant commitment to Afghanistan over the last
10 years, and while our Provincial Reconstruction Team
(PRT) has now left Bamyan, that commitment will continue
through our development projects and military personnel
based in Kabul,” Mr McCully says.
Mr Mataira, who has
been PRT Director since December 2012, will lead engagement
with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
and liaise with other agencies and diplomatic missions.
Mataira has previously served in Los Angeles, Japan, Solomon
Islands and Papua New
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