United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Major General Zia Ur Rehman of Pakistan as Force Commander of the MINURSO.
Major General Ur Rehman succeeds Major General Wang Xiaojun of China, whose tour of duty ended on 17 February 2019, the United Nations said in a statement, adding that the Chief of the United Nations is grateful to Major General Wang for his exemplary service and contribution to work of MINURSO.
Major General Ur Rehman has 30 years of national and international military leadership experience, including command of military formations on operations and directing staff appointments at Command, Staff and War College levels.
He possesses a range of experience in other leadership, staff, liaison and operational tasks, including a Military Observer in the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).
From 2015 to 2016, he served as Senior National Representative in the US Central Command Headquarters (CENTCOM) in Florida. Most recently, Major General Ur Rehman served as Commander of an Infantry Brigade from 2016 to 2017 and Infantry Division from 2017.