Australia appoints new ambassador to Portugal

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Claire Rochecouste as Australia’s next Ambassador to Portugal. Ms Rochecouste will also have non-resident accreditation to Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Australia and Portugal have a friendly bilateral relationship underpinned by shared values, strong community links and growing commercial ties.

We are committed to addressing current challenges to the rules-based order and the protection and promotion of human rights.

Australia and Portugal are pursuing opportunities to foster the trade and investment relationship, including through the negotiation of the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Ms Rochecouste is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was most recently Director, Levant and Iran Section. She has previously served overseas as Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Paris; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Baghdad; Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Kabul; and Second Secretary, Australian Embassy, Buenos Aires.

In Canberra, Ms Rochecouste has served as Director, Regional Engagement Section; and Portfolio Budget Coordinator, External Budget Section.

Ms Rochecouste holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School; Bachelor of Business from Monash University; and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

I thank outgoing Ambassador Peter Rayner for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Portugal since 2016.

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