PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Amran Mohamed Zin has been appointed the new secretary-general of the Foreign Ministry effective yesterday.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said the appointment of Amran, 55, was based on his qualifications and extensive experience in the field of international relations and foreign affairs throughout his career.

Prior to the new appointment, Amran was the deputy secretary-general (bilateral relations) at the ministry. He replaced Tan Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob who retired on May 1.

“I believe that with his experience, knowledge and credibility, he is able to realise the ministry’s mission in formulating and implementing foreign policy as well as advancing and protecting Malaysia’s interests through dynamic and proactive diplomacy,” he said.Amran, who has been in the civil service for more than 27 years, had served as Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was also the Malaysian ambassador to Turkey.

Mohd Zuki also expressed his highest appreciation and gratitude to Muhammad Shahrul Ikram for his contributions and service to public service and the country during his tenure. — Bernama