New Swiss ambassadors

Press release, 15.08.2018

Personnel changes will take place in 2018 at the Swiss representation in Muscat and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern. The changes will take place as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of the head of mission in Muscat will become effective following approval by the host state.

Balz Abplanalp, currently deputy head of mission in Pretoria, will become ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Yemen, based in Muscat.

Roger Dubach, currently diplomatic adviser on G20 issues in the Cabinet of the OECD Secretary-General in Paris, will become assistant director of the Directorate of International Law and head of Division II (International Law, International Treaties, Task Force Asset Recovery) in Bern. To allow him to carry out this new function, the Federal Council has conferred on him the title of ambassador.

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