ISLAMABAD: Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has been appointed as the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States of America, Foreign Office confirmed on Wednesday.
The coveted diplomatic post was vacant after the retirement of incumbent Jalil Abbas Jilani. Ms. Tehmina Janjua who was serving as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva was on Monday appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.
Aizaz Chaudhry was serving as Foreign Secretary of Pakistan since December 2013. Earlier, he also served as the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry.
Ambassador Chaudhry is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy.
He served as Additional Foreign Secretary for UN and Disarmament Affairs, and Director General for relations with South Asian countries, during which he remained closely associated with the peace process with India.
Overseas, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, where he engaged in active public diplomacy in cooperation with Pakistani community. He also authored a book called “Pakistan mirrored to Dutch eyes.”
Chaudhry also served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary General of ECO in Tehran, and Pakistan embassies in Washington, Doha and Cairo.
Ambassador Chaudhry, born on 27 February 1958, holds Masters Degree in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts, and Bachelor of Science Degree from Punjab University, Lahore.
Mr. Chaudhry will join his new assignment in Washington D.C. from March 2017.