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Secretary-General Appoints Abdullah Abdul Samad Dashti of Kuwait United Countries Coordinator for Black Sea Grain Initiative

Un Secretary-General António Guterres introduced today the appointment of Abdullah Abdul Samad Dashti of Kuwait as United Nations Coordinator for the Black Ocean Grain Initiative. Formerly, he served as the Leader of the Combined Task Force  152 (2012-2013), overseeing the planning and execution of procedures in the Gulf; Director associated with Kuwait Naval Institute (2009-2011); Deputy Flotilla Commander (2007-2009); and Commander of Squadrons  72, 73 and 74 (2005-2007). Mr. Dashti, retired in  2021 from the Kuwaiti military at the rank of Vice Admiral, brings 40  years of experience in the areas of naval operations, leadership and administration, both within Kuwait and multinational deployments.   From  2019 to  2020, he or she was the military defence attaché of Kuwait in Belgium and the Kuwaiti Mission’s representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization  (NATO). Mr. Dashti succeeds Amir Mahmoud Abdulla of Sudan who served as Un Coordinator since August.   The Secretary-General is thankful for Mr.   Abdulla’s leadership, hard work and dedication in implementing the Effort, including in challenging periods. The Initiative was launched simply by Ukraine, Türkiye, Russian Federation and the United Nations on 22  July to enable the resumption of exports from Ukraine of grain, foodstuffs plus fertilizer, including ammonia, through a safe maritime humanitarian hallway. From  2015 to  2019, he was your Commandant of the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College of Kuwait, supervising and developing policy and strategy and managing workers and infrastructure.   Just before that, he served because Director of Studies in the College  (2011-2015) and the primary adviser to the Commandant. Mr. Dashti holds a Master’s in International Studies from King’s College, London, United Kingdom.   He attended the Naval Staff College of Newport and the Joint Staff University of Norfolk, both in america, as well as the Royal College associated with Defence Studies, in the United Kingdom.   Mr. Dashti also retains a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.   He speaks English and Arabic. Beginning in  1981, Mr.   Dashti served in various capacities ranging from primary warfare officer, executive officer, training officer and addition officer within the Kuwaiti armed forces, including in regional plus international deployments.


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