Biden picks career diplomat as ambassador to Pakistan


US President Joe Biden plans to nominate career diplomat Donald Armin Blome as his next ambassador to Pakistan, the White House has announced.

Blome’s appointment comes after Ambassador David Hale completed his three-year term in Islamabad and left for Washington to take over as undersecretary of state for political affairs.

The ambassador-designate will take up his new post in Islamabad after confirmation by the US Senate. Blome, who is currently the US Ambassador to Tunisia, is stated to be fluent in Arabic.

A career foreign service officer, Blome has long experience in the region, and once worked at the embassy in Kabul, which was shut down earlier this year during the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Previously, he was posted as the chargé d’affaires at the Libya External Office in Tunis, consul general at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, and director of Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the US Department of State.

Blome has also served as political counsellor at the US Embassy in Kabul, and minister-counsellor for Economic and Political Affairs . –APP


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