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Diplomatic appointment - Ambassador to Denmark

Media release

1 April 2010

Today I announce the appointment of James Choi as Australia's Ambassador to Denmark with concurrent accreditation to Iceland.

Mr Choi replaces Ms Sharyn Minahan who has been Ambassador since September 2006. He is expected to take up his appointment next month.

Australia enjoys warm bilateral relations with Denmark and Iceland.

Australia and Denmark have long-standing trade and investment links. Denmark is Australia's 32nd largest trading partner, with two-way merchandise trade worth $1.28 billion last year.

We share a common commitment to an ambitious global outcome on climate change, including by ensuring full implementation of the Copenhagen Accord.

Iceland and Australia work closely together in international arenas such as the United Nations to address global challenges. We have common interests in the environment in areas such as the development of sustainable sources of clean energy, which will help address the challenges of climate change.

In August 2008, Australia and Iceland, together with the United States, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Geothermal Technology.

Mr Choi has extensive experience within Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He has served overseas at Australia's United Nations Permanent Mission in New York and Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Mr Choi holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.

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