Wed, 18 Jul 2012 05:02:34 GMT | By PTI

Obama names new ambassadors to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated two veteran diplomats to be the US ambassadors to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Obama names new ambassadors to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Almost two month after the incumbents resigned, Obama nominated James B Cunningham as the new US Ambassador to Afghanistan; and Richard G Olson as the new envoy to Pakistan.

However, both need to be confirmed by the United States Senate before they can be sworn in for their new Ambassadorial postings.

The yesterday's move comes at a time of transition in war-torn Afghanistan and Washington's ongoing friction with Pakistan.

"I am grateful that these talented and dedicated men and women have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years," Obama said in a statement as he announced more than a dozen key administration posts including these two diplomatic positions.

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