Diplomatic appointment - Ambassador to Iraq

Media release

30 July 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced that Ms Lyndall Sachs will be Australia’s next Ambassador to Iraq.

Ms Sachs is expected to take up her appointment next month, and will replace Mr Robert Tyson who has been Ambassador since August 2008.

Iraq is an important partner for Australia in the Middle East. Its people, history and location make Iraq an important and respected participant in regional affairs and, increasingly, in the international community.

In this new phase of the bilateral relationship, Australia remains strongly committed to working with the Iraqi people to consolidate democracy and build a secure and prosperous future. Australia and Iraq enjoy friendly and constructive relations based on political, trade, investment and people to people links. These have been strengthening as the security environment has improved in Iraq.

The six Memoranda of Understanding between Australia and Iraq signed in June 2009 provide a valuable framework for continuing development cooperation and expanding our economic and political ties. Australia’s bilateral trade with Iraq has grown to $289 million in 2009, up from $202.5 million in 2008.

Ms Sachs is a senior officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She was most recently Executive Director and Commissioner General, Australia Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, a position she held since October 2009. Ms Sachs has previously served overseas as Ambassador to Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Queensland. 

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