KATHMANDU: (APP) Amjad Hussain B. Sial, a senior Pakistani diplomat , assumed the office of Secretary general of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) here on Wednesday.
Sial has replaced Nepal's Arjun Bahadur Thapa whose three-year term as the SAARC chief expired on Tuesday.
He is the 13th secretary general of the regional bloc which was established in 1985.
Sial is a seasoned diplomat with a career spanning over 33 years.
He has ever served as ambassador of Pakistan to Tajikistan and permanent representative of the Pakistani mission to the United Nations .
The SAARC comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.