Jean Arnault: “will work closely with SRSG Deborah Lyons and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), whose long-standing work in support of the peace process as well as regional cooperation will continue, as mandated,” according to Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres.
Mr. Dujarric stated that the Personal Envoy’s tasks include liaising with regional governments on behalf of the Secretary-General in order to promote the discussions between Afghanistan and the Taliban and the execution of any agreements agreed.
Jean Arnault: Work Closed and the Assistance Mission
“Given the importance of regional collaboration in Afghanistan’s assistance,” the spokeswoman added, “the Personal Envoy will aim to foster good neighborly relations that contribute to the country’s peace.”
Mr. Dujarric further stated that the Personal Envoy will rely on the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and UNAMA. He will report to the Secretary-General through the Department.
Mr. Arnault’s selection “reflects our strong commitment to a peaceful end of the Afghanistan crisis,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, the president of the DPPA.
International diplomatic experience spanning over 30 years
According to a note published by the spokesperson, Mr. Arnault, a French national, has over 30 years of experience in international diplomacy, specialising on peace settlements and mediation, with substantial expertise in UN missions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, including Afghanistan.
From 2015 to 2018, he served as the Secretary-Delegate General’s to the Colombian Peace Talks and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia; and from 2019 to 2020, he served as the Secretary-Personal General’s Envoy for Bolivia.