McGregor named Australia’s special envoy for Afghanistan

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong announced the appointment of Amanda McGregor as Australia’s next special representative for Afghanistan, succeeding Glenn Miles, according to a report by The Mandarin on Wednesday.

“Based in Qatar, Ms. McGregor will work with like-minded countries to call out the Taliban on its abuse of human rights and support the people of Afghanistan,” Wong said in a statement.

“Our diplomats are the drivers of Australia’s engagement with the world. They build influence and advance Australia’s national interests abroad.”

Before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, McGregor served as a senior adviser to the Canadian embassy and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She also spent five years at the Department of Defence and most recently was the deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy in Lebanon.

“I thank the outgoing heads of mission, consul-general, and the former special representative on Afghanistan for their contributions to advancing Australia’s interests,” Wong added.