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UN: Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg is the new Special Envoy to Yemen

The Security Council unanimously extended the United Nations Mission in Yemen.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Swedish diplomat Hans Grundberg as Special Envoy to Yemen, succeeding British Martin Griffiths, who completed his duties at the end of June.

The five permanent members of the Security Council, namely the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, and China, must agree on special envoys to the Secretary-General.

Since the beginning of September 2019, Grundberg has served as the European Union’s ambassador to Yemen, leading the European Commission’s missions in Cairo and Israel.

During Sweden’s rotating presidency of the European Union in 2009, Grundberg also chaired a working group of the European Council on the Middle East and the Gulf region.

After Moroccan Jamal Ben Omar, Mauritanian Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and British Griffiths, Grundberg will become the United Nations’ fourth ambassador to Yemen.

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