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Joaquín Montes to become new Ambassador to Israel

Israel granted its agrément to the appointment of Joaquin Montes Larraín as new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Chile to that country.

Joaquín Montes studied Economics at the University of Fribourg Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Switzerland, and at Universidad de Chile.  He also pursued an Executive MBA at Universidad Católica de Chile and received a diploma degree in Economic Development (summa cum laude) from Oxford University.

Ambassador Montes joined the Andrés Bello Diplomatic Academy in 1974 and throughout his extensive career at the Foreign Ministry he has served at various areas, such as the Directorate of International Relations; the Directorate of Multilateral Policy; the Directorate General of International Economic Relations and the Directorate of Human Resources. Likewise, he was head of the Department for the Environment and the Department of Antarctica at the Directorate of Special Policy; Head of the Department of Latin America at the Bilateral Economic Directorate; Assistant Director of Planning; and Assistant Director of the South America and Asia-Pacific Directorates.

He served abroad at the Chilean embassies to the United Kingdom, the United States and Argentina, where he also served as Consul in Comodoro Ribadavia.

From 2004 to 2006, Joaquín Montes served as ambassador to Hungary and non-resident ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Then, from 2006 to 2009 he was ambassador to Thailand and non-resident ambassador to Cambodia.

Currently, he serves as Directorate for Asia-Pacific at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.