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Diplomatic Appointment - Sweden



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The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Neal Blewett, today announced the appointment of Dr Robert Merrillees as Australia’s Ambassador to Sweden. Dr Merrillees succeeds Mr Ian Nicholson who has been Ambassador since 1988.

Dr Blewett said that Australia enjoyed excellent relations with Sweden which covered a wide range of bilateral exchanges, particularly on disarmament and arms control, human rights, the Antarctic and maritime issues. Annual officials' talks provided an opportunity to review developments in

bilateral relations and exchange views on international political and trade issues. In 1990, nearly 16,000 Swedish tourists visited Australia.

Dr Merrillees will also be accredited as a non-resident Ambassador to Finland. Finland and Australia have long enjoyed warm and productive relations and have successfully cooperated on a number of international issues, including Antarctica. Like Australia, Finland is a strong advocate of disarmament, environmental protection and human rights.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 27 August that Australia had decided to establish full diplomatic relations with Estonia, the Government will be seeking agreement from Tallinn to accredit Dr Merrillees as non-resident Ambassador to Estonia.

Dr Merrillees, aged 53, joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1964 and has served in Cambodia, at the United Nations in New York, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. He has also served as Australia's Ambassador to Israel. Most recently he has been Assistant Secretary of the International Organisations Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He will take up his position next month.

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