The United Nations on Friday (August 17th) appointed veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for "strong, clear and unified" support of Brahimi when he announced the appointment in a statement.
Brahimi, 78, has held a long series of high-profile diplomatic posts, the BBC reported.
As under-secretary-general of the Arab League between 1984-91, he helped broker an end to the Lebanese civil war, going on to serve as Algeria’s foreign minister between 1991-3.
Later, Brahimi was twice appointed as the UN's special envoy to Afghanistan. He held similar roles for Haiti and South Africa.