9 April 2012
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Lao Peopleís Democratic Republic Presents Credentials

(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of the Lao Peopleís Democratic Republic to the United Nations, Saleumxay Kommasith, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until his appointment, Mr. Kommasith was Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2011.† Between 2007 and 2011, he served as Director-General of the Department of International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, having previously served as Deputy Director-General since 2004.† From 2003 to 2004, he was Director of the Departmentís United Nations Division.

Mr. Kommasith was Second Secretary in his countryís Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2000 to 2003, having previously served as Deputy Director in the Western Europe Division of the Foreign Ministryís Europe-America Department since 1998.† From 1994 to 1996, he was the Departmentís Desk Officer for the United States, having held the post of Australia Desk Officer from 1992 to 1994.

The holder of a masterís degree in international relations from Moscow State University of International Relations, Mr. Kommasith also has a Master of Arts in international study and development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Born on 31 October 1968 in Huaphan, he is married and has two daughters.

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