Ex-Algerian FM named board member of Swedish SIPRI

Veteran Algerian diplomat Ramtane Lamamra, whom the U.S block to become UN Special Envoy in Libya, has been appointed board member of Swedish state-founded Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) think-tank.
SIPRI in statement on Thursday, announced the appointment of the former foreign minister who will join seven other board members.
“We are extremely honoured that Ambassador Lamamra has accepted our invitation to join the SIPRI Governing Board. He brings deep knowledge and expertise from his long and distinguished career, in particular in key issues of peace and security such as mediation and conflict prevention,” said Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board
Established in 1966, SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament, organization says on its website.
The appointment came in the wake of a diplomatic failure. Lamamra this month withdrew his candidacy for the job of UN Special Envoy to war-torn Libya after the U.S opposed his choice by the UN Chief, Antonio Guterres.

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