"The government has decided to appoint Foreign Secretary Mr Jalil Abbas Jilani as Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States of America," media reported citing the Foreign Ministry.

Jilani, who will join his new assignment in December, is a career diplomat. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union. He also interacted with the NATO HQ based in Brussels on regular basis.

From 1990 to 1992, Ambassador Jilani served as deputy secretary in the Prime Minister's Secretariat. His other overseas assignments included: Jeddah (1983-1985), London (1985-1988), Washington (1995-1999) and High Commissioner to Canberra, Australia (2007-2009).

Ambassador Jilani joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1979. He was appointed as Foreign Secretary in March 2012. In 2005 he also served as the government's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs.

(Agencies)

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