The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
 FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

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Media Release

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
19 June 2001

Diplomatic appointment: Ambassador to Micronesia

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Brendan Doran PSM as Australian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Mr Doran will succeed Mr Tim Cole, who has been Ambassador since October 1998.

Australia's relations with the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are warm and friendly. Development assistance, growing trade links and defence cooperation activities are an important part of our relationship with the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau. Australia's contacts with Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands continue to expand, particularly our trade and tourism links. Australia and the Micronesian states cooperate for the betterment of the wider region, including through regional organisations such as the Pacific Islands Forum and the Pacific Community and international bodies, such as the United Nations and its agencies."

Brendan Doran is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who has served in Australian overseas missions in Bangkok, Madrid and Tehran and as Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal (1996-99). He was the first Director of the Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Darwin (1993-96), working closely with the Northern Territory Government and the Australian business community in developing trade and investment links with the Asia-Pacific region.

In Canberra, Mr Doran has worked extensively on South East Asian, South Pacific and Antarctic/environmental matters. He was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 1992 and is currently serving with the regional Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville.

Mr Doran is a graduate in Arts from the University of Tasmania and has post-graduate qualifications in International Law from the ANU and Strategic Studies from the Australian Joint Services Staff College. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK (Chevening scholarship) and at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU. He is married to Debra Chapman, who is also an officer of the Department. They have adult children.

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