21 May 2001


VIENNA, 21 May (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations (Vienna), Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, presented his credentials on Monday to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Bekhbat was Head of the Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia. From 1993 to 1998 he was Ambassador to France, Italy, Portugal and Permanent Delegate of Mongolia to UNESCO.

Mr. Bekhbat served as Deputy Foreign Minister of Mongolia and Head of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO from 1991 to 1992. Between 1990 and 1991 he was Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Mongolia.

Mr. Bekhbat began his diplomatic career in 1973 as Assistant Attaché at the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Attaché at the Embassy of Mongolia in Paris, France from 1976 to 1981. Between 1981 and 1985 he was Third Secretary, Head of Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and between 1985 and 1987 he was Deputy Head of Foreign Relations Division at the Central Committee of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party.

Mr. Bekhbat graduated from the Institute for International Relations in Moscow. He holds a doctorate in History from the Academy for Social Sciences in Moscow. He speaks French, English and Russian.

He is married, with four children.

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