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Coombs appointed NZ ambassador to France

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/04/2017
New Zealand Ambassador Jane Coombs © AP Photo/Greg Baker New Zealand Ambassador Jane Coombs

Career diplomat Jane Coombs has been appointed as New Zealand's next ambassador to France.

Ms Coombs is a previous deputy chief of the New Zealand mission in Washington DC and a former ambassador to Korea.

She is currently the divisional manager of the North Asian Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The appointment was announced on Friday by Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

"France is one of our major trading partners in Europe and our relationship will prove important in our forthcoming negotiations for an FTA with the EU," he said.

The ambassador to France is New Zealand's permanent representative to the OECD. Ms Coombs also has accreditations to the Principality of Monaco, Portugal and Senegal.

She takes over from diplomat Dr James Kember.

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