The newly appointed ambassador of Israel in Romania, Reuven Azar, arrived in Bucharest. David Saranga’s successor posted a video message, in Romanian, on the embassy’s Facebook page.
A career diplomat, Reuven Azar was until recently director of the Israel-US-China working group in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Until September 2021, Azar was the deputy adviser for national security and foreign policy within the National Security Council, but at the same time he was the foreign policy adviser to the Israeli prime minister.
Between 2014 and 2018, Reuven Azar was deputy ambassador in Washington DC, USA. Prior to this mandate, he was the head of the Middle East Research Department at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as deputy ambassador in Amman, Jordan.
Throughout his activity, the diplomat also dealt with aspects of cooperation and negotiation with the Palestinian Authority. He was also the head of the Economic Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt (1996-2000), as well as political affairs adviser for four years in Washington, USA (2003-2006).
Reuven Azar was born in Argentina in 1967, graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with a master’s degree in International Relations), speaks fluent English, Spanish and Arabic and is currently studying Romanian.