US President Joe Biden has chosen career diplomat Donald Blome as his top diplomat in Pakistan. The situation in Afghanistan has been escalating since the withdrawal of US troops from the country.
Donald Blome is currently appoint in Tunisia as US ambassador. He is a career foreign service diplomat with long experience in the region. However he once worked at the Kabul embassy that closed earlier this year during the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Pakistan is playing an important role in diplomacy with its Taliban-ruled neighbor.
International agencies have warn that Afghanistan is on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe without access to aid or foreign resources, that are frozen in the United States.
Pakistan’s relations with neighboring China have also been of interest to the Biden administration, which sees Beijing as its international rival.
Donald Blome has served as ambassador in Tunisia since 2019. He is a key US diplomatic representing interests outside the country’s borders. It also includes neighboring country Libya.
The post of ambassador needs Senate confirmation.