Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Senior diplomat named as next Ambassador to Sweden

Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, today announced the appointment of senior diplomat, David Taylor, as Aotearoa New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Sweden.

“New Zealand is keen to continue to forge even closer ties with Sweden, including though our trade relationship,” said Minister Mahuta.

“The conclusion of the free trade agreement between the EU and Aotearoa New Zealand presents exciting opportunities for our business people. Sweden’s strong support for the free trade agreement has been invaluable.”

Mr Taylor (pictured) has previously served as Ambassador to the EU, NATO and Sweden; Indonesia and ASEAN; and South Korea. He is currently leading the cross-agency Russian Sanctions Taskforce and was previously divisional manager of MFAT’s COVID Policy and Coordination Division.

Among his other roles, Mr Taylor has led MFAT’s Australia, Americas and Asia Divisions and served as lead negotiator on climate change and other environmental issues.

“Through Mr Taylor’s appointment, we will continue to deepen our relations with Sweden in our many areas of shared interest,” Ms Mahuta said.

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