Trump appoints new ambassador to Afghanistan

Trump appoints new ambassador to AfghanistanWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced nominating his envoy to Turkey John R Bass as his next ambassador to Afghanistan.

A career foreign service official, Bass has been the US Ambassador to Turkey since 2014. The Senate needs to confirm his nomination.

An American diplomat since 1988, Bass also served as US Ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012.

 “Bass has spent much of the past decade supporting Federal Government efforts to mobilize allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria, and Southwest Asia,” the White House said.

Bass served at six US Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State.  He earned an A.B., cum laude, from Syracuse University.

In Washington, Bass’s assignments have included service on Vice President’s Cheney’s staff, as Chief of Staff and advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, as Director of the State Department’s Operations Center and in several assignments focused on European security issues.

He has received numerous State Department performance awards. The son of a public servant and a U.S. Air Force officer, Bass was born and raised in upstate New York.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Bass worked as a newspaper editor and as a political campaign consultant.

A graduate of Syracuse University, he speaks Italian and French.  He is married to U.S. diplomat Holly Holzer Bass, and they share their home with “Tako,” a Georgian Shepherd they adopted in Tbilisi.

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