Ambassador Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson has, on behalf of the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit, accepted the position of director of political affairs at the office of Mark Sedwill, special representative of the managing director of NATO in Afghanistan. Óskarsson will also serve as Sedwill’s substitute.
Óskarsson’s work involves responsibility for relations and collaboration with the Afghani government, parliament and MPs, the United Nations’ delegation in the country (UNAMA), other international institutions and foreign embassies in Kabul, a press release from Iceland’s Foreign Ministry explains.
Óskarsson will also take an active part in peace talks between conflicting groups in Afghanistan and participate in relations with neighboring countries, especially Pakistan.
The purpose of the NATO office in Kabul is to follow up the union’s goal, which is to contribute to increased safety and stability in the country and create a basis for reconstruction and economic progress.