Obama nominates ambassadors to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Before Cunningham's post in Kabul, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2011.

Obama nominates ambassadors to Afghanistan, Pakistan

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose two U.S. diplomats to be ambassadors to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Obama picked James Cunningham, the No. 2 at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, to be the new ambassador to Afghanistan and Richard Olson as ambassador to Pakistan, the White House said.

Olson's most recent assignment was a senior economic development post at the U.S. embassy in Kabul. Both nominees require Senate confirmation.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said "sorry" to Pakistan earlier this month for a November NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan also objects to U.S. drone strikes.

Before Cunningham's post in Kabul, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2011. From 2005 to 2008, he was U.S. consul general in Hong Kong, and was posted in earlier assignments to the United Nations, Rome and NATO.

Olson served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011 and at the U.S. mission to NATO in Brussels, among other assignments.

Last Mod: 18 Temmuz 2012, 09:29
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