Nato announced that it has appointed Maurits R. Jochems as the new Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.
"Our mission in Afghanistan is in a very important phase and I look forward to helping to ensure that the transition goes smoothly," said Ambassador Jochems. "I will also make it a priority to continue the good work in forging a close working partnership with the Government of Afghanistan and other actors. The success of our mission will be vital to secure a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. That is my goal."
Jochems will replaces Ambassador Simon Gass, who has held the position since April 2011 in Kabul, when he takes up the post in October this year.
Jochems previously served as Dutch ambassador to Estonia and served as Nato's interim civilian envoy to Afghanistan in 2008.
Isaf Commander General John Allen congratulates Jochems on his appointment saying that he looks forward to "working closely with Ambassador Jochems as Nato continues its mission to ultimately strengthen Afghan sovereignty, security and prosperity."