McCully names Ambassador to Timor-Leste
Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs
McCully names Ambassador to
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
today named diplomat Jonathan Schwass as New Zealand’s
next Ambassador to Timor-Leste.
“Since 1999 New Zealand
has played a major role in building Timor-Leste’s peace
and security. The country has come a long way in a short
time and is now moving into an era in which development,
particularly sustainable economic development, is the major
priority,” Mr McCully says.
“The new High Commissioner
will be responsible for ensuring this important relationship
is further strengthened through business and trade links as
well as New Zealand’s aid programme.”
plans to open an Embassy in New Zealand later this
Mr Schwass has previously served as Deputy High
Commissioner in Solomon
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