WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden plans to appoint Donald Blome, at present ambassador to Tunisia, as his top diplomat in Pakistan as Washington works to handle the state of affairs in neighboring Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops.
Biden on Tuesday will announce plans to appoint Blome to the job in Pakistan, the White House mentioned. Blome is a career Foreign Service diplomat with lengthy expertise in the area who as soon as labored in the Kabul embassy, shuttered earlier this yr throughout the U.S. navy withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Pakistan is enjoying a serious position in diplomacy with its Taliban-ruled neighbor.
International companies have warned that Afghanistan is on the verge of humanitarian collapse with out entry to assist or overseas reserves, which stay frozen in the United States.
Pakistan’s relationship with neighboring China has additionally been of curiosity to the Biden administration, which regards Beijing as its chief worldwide rival.
Tunisia, the place Blome has labored as ambassador since 2019, is a crucial diplomatic outpost for the United States in North Africa, representing pursuits past the nation’s borders, together with in neighboring Libya.
The ambassadorial place requires Senate affirmation.