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Rainer Saks, the head of the Information Board, Estonia's foreign intelligence agency, is set to become the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

New Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand proposed Saks and the government is expected to approve the appointment on Thursday.

Saks took over the reigns of the Information Board at the beginning of 2011 and his 5-year term is set to end in February, 2016.

Saks will replace Alar Streimann, whose five-year contract at the ministry was due to end on January 1, 2016, but who will leave his post slightly earlier, becoming Estonia's ambassador to France, starting at the end of August.

Saks, born in 1967, was a history teacher in Pärnu until named adviser to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, then the foreign minister, in 1999. Two years later he took over as head of the National Security and Defense Coordination Unit at the Government Office. In 2006 he became the director of the Office of the President, a post he held until 2011.

Editor: J.M. Laats