UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Khaled Mohamed Khiari of Tunisia to be the United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General for middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Office of the Spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.
“United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced today the appointment of Khaled Mohamed Khiari of Tunisia, as Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations,” the statement said.
Khiari served as Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United Nations from 2012-2018 and as Deputy Head of Mission and Secretary of Foreign Affairs at Tunisia’s in the UN office in Geneva from 1987-1993.
He is currently serving as Director General for the Americas, Asia and Oceania at Tunisia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but he has also held other positions, including Director of Human Rights within the Department of International Organizations and Conferences.
Khiari took part in various multilateral efforts, including as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on UN Security Council Reform, president of the Executive board of UN-WOMEN, vice-president of the UN General Assembly and Coordinator of the Arab group on European Parliament issues in Brussels.