Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Tuesday the appointment of Huang Xia of China as his special envoy for the Great Lakes Region.

Xia succeeds Said Djinnit of Algeria, to whom the secretary-general is deeply grateful for his dedicated service and distinguished UN career, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Guterres, said at a press briefing.

Xia brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience across the world, with experience in Africa, having served in several high-level positions. He was the ambassador of China to Niger (2009-2012), Senegal (2012-2015) and the Republic of Congo (2015-2018).

Most recently, he has served as the ambassador at large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

Born in 1962, Xia is married and has a son. Enditem

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