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Trump names Robert Williams as assistant secretary for South Asian affairs

Previously, he was the national intelligence officer for South Asia at the National Intelligence Council and defence intelligence officer for South Asia at DIA

IANS  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump | Photo: Reuters

US on Wednesday said that he intends to name an as the for South Asian affairs.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said that Robert Williams, for more than 20 years, "has specialised in and affairs as an "

According to the statement, Williams, since 2017, has served at the (DIA) in Washington DC, as associate and Directorate for Operations, reported.

Previously, he was the for at the and for at DIA.

Williams has also been an at Georgetown University's School of since 2017, and was previously a at American University's School of Service from 2013 to 2016.

He earned his B.A. at the University of in 1993 and M.A. at the in 1996.

The unveiled its South Asia strategy last year. However, the strategy has been tested by US continuous strained ties with Pakistan, and the frequent casualties in

Afghan officials said earlier on Wednesday that more than 40 fighters had been killed in clash between government forces and the in the insurgency-battered nation over the past 24 hours.

First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 07:02 IST