German Helga Schmid appointed OSCE Secretary-General


(MENAFN- Emirates News Agency (WAM)) VIENNA, 5th December, 2020 (WAM) -- Top-ranking EU diplomat Helga Schmid was appointed Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, on Friday, according to the Foreign Ministry
of Albania, which chairs the organisation.

Foreign ministers from the 57 OSCE member countries appointed Schmid and three other officials by consensus in an online
meeting, the Albanian ministry announced on Twitter.

A German diplomat, Schmid is the first woman to take the helm of the OSCE.

With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organisation.

Matteo Mecacci, an Italian pro-Tibet campaigner and former parliamentarian, will head the OSCE's democracy, human rights and election monitoring office in Warsaw.

Former Kazakh foreign minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov was selected as OSCE high commissioner for minorities.

Maria Teresa Ribeiro, a secretary of state in the Portuguese Foreign Ministry
, became OSCE media
freedom representative.

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Emirates News Agency (WAM)

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