Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Media release: Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Kevin Rudd MP

Brisbane

7 January 2012

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd today announced that Ms Robyn Mudie will be Australia's next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka with non-resident accreditation to the Maldives.

Ms Mudie is expected to take up her appointment this month, and will replace Ms Kathy Klugman who has been High Commissioner since March 2008.

Australia and Sri Lanka have long-standing relations, reinforced by extensive people-to-people links and through trade and investment.

Australia is home to a substantial Sri Lankan community of about 110,000 people. They have made a significant contribution to the bilateral relationship and to Australia's multicultural society.

The Australian Government is closely following political developments in Sri Lanka. Since the conclusion of the civil war in May 2009, Australia holds that the Sri Lankan government now needs to win the peace through further steps towards reconciliation, dialogue and accountability.

Australia and Maldives have strong and growing relationship in a broad range of areas including climate change cooperation, trade and investment, education, development cooperation and links through the Commonwealth.

Ms Mudie is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Mudie has previously served in Geneva, the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN, New York and in Hanoi.

Ms Mudie holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts in South East Asian Studies from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. Ms Mudie is married and has two sons.

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