The 11th Secretary General of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) has been appointed.

General Secretary

According to the SAARC Secretariat, Ahmed Saleem of Maldives has succeeded Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed. The outgoing Secretary General was also from Maldives.

He joined the Maldivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1968 and served for over 26 years. He served at the High Commission of Maldives in Sri Lanka and the Permanent Mission of Maldives in New York, according to the Secretariat.

Saleem is also said to have served as the Maldivian Government’s first Alternative Governor for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

He assumed his office in Kathmandu three days ago.