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EU's Mogherini Nominates New Central Asian Envoy


EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini has nominated a new EU special envoy to Central Asia.

The nominee is Peter Burian, a senior official in the Slovak Foreign Ministry, accoring to a press release on March 16 from Mogherini's office.

Burian, 55, is a former ambassador of the Slovak Republic to NATO, to the United States, and to the United Nations.

His nomination must still be approved by the European Council.

Burian would take over in the role of EU special representative to Central Asia from Janos Herman.

"The appointment of Peter Burian will show the EU's continued cooperation with Central Asia, ensuring strong presence in our engagement on key issues of mutual interest including the rule of law, security, energy, water, education and human rights. Central Asia is a strategic area," Mogherini said in the statement.

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