Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen was appointed as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres' new envoy to for Syria on Wednesday.
"Mr. Pedersen brings to this position decades of political and diplomatic experience, having served both in Government and United Nations capacities," the United Nations said.
Pedersen, 63, most recently served as Norway's ambassador to China since 2017 after serving as permanent representative of Norway to the United Nations from 2012 to 2017.
His previous work for the United Nations included serving as special coordinator for Lebanon from 2007 to 2008 and as personal representative of the secretary-general for Southern Lebanon from 2005 to 2007.
Earlier in his career Pedersen served as Norway's representative to the Palestinian Authority from 1998 and 2003.