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US confirms Donald Blome as next ambassador to Pakistan after three years break

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ISLAMABAD: The United States Senate has confirmed the appointment of Donald Armin Blome as the country’s next ambassador to Pakistan.

The new US ambassador is bringing a heavy agenda with him, including asking for action against the terrorists irrespective of their identity.

The appointment of a US ambassador to the South Asian country was made around three years after Blome’s predecessor David Hale left Islamabad in August 2018.

The US state department confirmed the development on Twitter early Thursday.

“Congratulations to Donald Blome on being confirmed by the Senate as our next Ambassador to Pakistan,” it said. “Partnership with Pakistan is key to progress on regional security, trade and investment, the climate crisis, and human rights,” it wrote.

Blome is currently serving as the US Ambassador to Tunisia. He has also served US missions in Kabul, Jerusalem, Cairo, Baghdad, and Kuwait.

Last year in October, US President Joe Biden named Blome as the new ambassador to Pakistan. 

Donald Bloom, who is said to be fluent in Arabic, was earlier posted as the US Charge d’affaires at the Libyan Foreign Office in Tunis. He also worked as the Consul General at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, and the Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the US State Department.

Blome, who was picked by former US President Donald Trump, also served as Political Counsel at the US Embassy in Afghanistan, and the Minister-Consultant for Economic and Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo.

Donald Armin Blome has completed all formalities for proceeding to Islamabad, bringing a heavy agenda, and he will be here in the second half of February while Pakistan’s ambassador designated for the United States Sardar Masood Khan will be in Washington during the same days to take charge of his mission. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcett, who has been appointed ambassador to India by the United States, would also be traveling during the same days for assuming his office in New Delhi.

The posting and assuming of new envoys in the region will generate big diplomatic activity. Eric Garcett was tipped as a contender for the Presidential race, but he has accepted the diplomatic assignment that indicates the significance the US attached to its ties with India.

A high-profile visit from Pakistan will also take place in the early third week of February as the visitor will have conspicuously significant meetings during his stay. The visit is being arranged in the days when Munich Security Conference (MSC) by the German government is being hosted. It’s an annual feature but it couldn’t take place due to the corona pandemic for two last consecutive years.

Donald Armin Blome has already made it clear that he will push Islamabad to target all terrorist groups without distinction.

The TTP and Kashmiri Mujahideen would be his targeted entities. During his testimony, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), ambassador Blome extensively spelled out his plans about Pakistan.

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