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UAE's French envoy named permanent delegate to Unesco

ABU DHABI, June 5, 2020

The UAE Ambassador to France Ali Abdullah Al-Ahmed has been appointed as the UAE’s Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
 
Ali today (June 5) presented his credentials to Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN body.
 
Al Ahmed and Azoulay discussed bilateral relations in the light of the joint projects carried out between the two sides. The UAE is ranked sixth on the list of the largest donor countries of the UNESCO.
 
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Chair of the National Commission for Education, Culture and Science said Al Ahmed's appointment would contribute to enhancing ties with the Unesco and member states, as well as bolster the UAE's cultural presence amongst the international organisations.
 
"The UAE's appointment to the Unesco's Executive Board last November has reflected an acknowledgement for the country's efforts and initiatives in the fields of culture, science and education," stated Al Kaabi.
 
Between 2008 and 2012, Al Ahmed was Etisalat UAE's Chief Corporate Communications Officer. He played a key role in the development of the company’s strategy to enter the telecom sector in African and Asian markets. He also worked from 2002 to 2008 as Director of Abu Dhabi TV.
 
"It also mirrored the UAE’s significant role through supporting and financing programmes provided for many cultural, heritage and creative projects," she added.
 
In addition to working as UAE’s Ambassador to France and Germany, Al Ahmed had also worked as the Director of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, where he was responsible for bilateral relations between the UAE and European countries through coordination between the country's embassies in Europe and the Ministry.
 
Before joining diplomatic work, Al Ahmed had held various leading posts in the media and telecommunication sectors in the UAE.
 
Al Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Eastern Washington University in the US, and a master’s degree in Strategic and Security Studies from the National Defense College in the UAE.-TradeArabia News Service



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