Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Mr Paul Foley as Australia's next Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mr Foley is expected to take up his appointment in May 2013, replacing Mr Marc Innes-Brown.
Mr Foley has previously served as Australian Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2010-2012 and Ambassador to East Timor from 2002-2004, with earlier postings in Saudi Arabia and Jamaica.
Mr Foley has also held a number of senior positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including Assistant Secretary of the Middle East and Africa and Counter-Terrorism branches. In 2009 he was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to work on the establishment of the National Security College.
Australia maintains a dialogue with Iran on issues including Afghanistan, counter-narcotics and people smuggling. We also raise issues of concern including Iran's nuclear program and human rights.
More than 36,000 Australians claim Iranian ancestry, two thirds of whom were born in Iran.
Two-way trade between Australia and Iran exceeds $250m a year, principally comprising Australian exports of barley, wheat and meat and imports of liquefied propane and butane, floor coverings and food.
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