The new acting United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon, Pernille Dahler Kardel, has arrived in Beirut, a U.N. statement announced Wednesday.
Kardel was received Tuesday by an official from the Foreign Ministry at Rafik Hariri International Airport.
“I am delighted to begin my new functions in Lebanon and I look forward to working with Lebanese and international partners … in support of Lebanon’s peace and security, stability and socio-economic development,” she was quoted as saying in the statement.
Kardel has most recently served as deputy special representative of the secretary general for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. From 2012 to 2016, she was Denmark’s ambassador to Egypt, and before that the country’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti from 2007.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Kardel’s appointment last month, after the then-U.N. Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag was appointed as the Netherlands’ foreign trade and development cooperation minister.
Kaag served as the U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon since December 2014 and has reportedly enjoyed wide support among local, regional and international officials and organizations for her positive role in Lebanon.
-The Daily Star Lebanon