On December 21, the spokesman of UN Secretary General Guterres announced that Guterres appointed Norwegian diplomat Thor venneslan as the new UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process on the same day to replace the outgoing Mladenov. < p > < p > vinnesland is a senior Norwegian diplomat and is currently Norway’s special representative for the Middle East peace process. He joined the Norwegian Ministry of foreign affairs in 1983 and has been in charge of Middle East affairs for a long time. He served as Norwegian representative to the Palestinian national authority from 2007 to 2011 and Norwegian ambassador to Egypt and Libya from 2012 to 2015. As the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process since 2015, mladnoff will step down in January next year and become the UN Secretary General’s special representative for Libya.