December 2013



Tural Balakishiyev assumed the position of attaché on Sept. 2.

Sabina Sadigli departed the post of third secretary on Sept. 2.

Czech Republic

David Frous departed the post of second secretary on July 12.

Tomas Hart assumed the position of head of the Economic Section on Aug. 11. Hart previously served in Prague in the Economic Section of the State Department (2012-13); advisor to the CEO of CzechTrade (2011-12); commercial consul in New York (2007-11); and commercial attaché at the Czech Embassy in Serbia (2000-05).

Jakub Novak assumed the position of first secretary on July 8.


Ray Baleikasavu departed the post of first secretary on Aug. 31.

Akuila Vuira assumed the position of first secretary on Sept. 8.

New Zealand

Justine Arroll assumed the position of second secretary on Dec. 4.

Danie Beukman departed the post of second secretary on Nov. 22.


Malallah Mahmood Shaban Al Balushi assumed the position of counselor on July 20.

Ahmed Ali Shahdad departed the post of minister on July 29.


Jalil Abbas Jilani has been appointed to serve as ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, having previously served as Pakistani’s foreign secretary since March 2012. A career diplomat, he also served as ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, interacting with the NATO headquarters in Brussels on a regular basis, as well as high commissioner to Australia (2007-09). In addition, Ambassador Jilani, a specialist in South Asian affairs, was director general of South Asia and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (2003-07), deputy high commissioner/acting high commissioner to India (1999-2003) and India director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1992-95). In 2005, he was also the government’s spokesman on foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1992, Ambassador Jilani served as deputy secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. His other overseas assignments include Jeddah (1983-85), London (1985-88) and Washington, D.C. (1995-99). Ambassador Jilani holds a bachelor’s degree in law and master’s in defense and strategic studies. He is married to Shaista Jilani and has three sons.