Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced that Ian Biggs has been appointed as Australia’s next Ambassador to Tehran.
“Today I announce the appointment of Mr Ian Biggs as Australia’s next Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran”, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Website quoted Bishop as saying on Saturday.
Bishop added that Australia values its longstanding relationship with Iran and has maintained an Embassy in Tehran since 1968.
Who is Ian Biggs?
Ian Biggs is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Until recently he was Acting First Assistant Secretary of International Security Division.
He has served overseas as Ambassador to Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, Chargé d’Affaires in Baghdad, and Deputy Head of Mission in Vienna and Damascus.
Biggs holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Sydney.
Photo: Then Australian Ambassador to Turkey Ian Biggs and his wife Christine pose a photo with their daughter Alix in Ankara in 2011 (Photo Credit: Ankara Scene)