Mr. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad


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The new Ambassador, Mr. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, has taken up his new position on 1 September, 2015. Ambassador Sannes’ most current position was as Inspector General and head of the Foreign Service Control Unit. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as desk officer (legal affairs) in the Shipping Department in 1990. After postings to Ankara (1994- 97), Rabat (1997) and Paris (1998-2001), he was Coordinator for Norway’s Foreign Policy and Justice/Home Affairs cooperation with the European Union. From February 2003 through September 2006 he was Senior Adviser at the Office of the Prime Minister and secretary to the Government Security Council. His most recent foreign assignment was to the Norwegian embassy in London as Minister Counsellor/European and Economic Affairs (2006-08) and Deputy Head of Mission (2008-11)

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