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Trump withdraws nomination for top South Asia official

IANS  |  New York 

US has suddenly withdrawn the nomination of to be the for South Asian Affairs.

A terse announcement said on Thursday that his nomination sent to the Senate, which has to approve the appointment, was being withdrawn and gave no reason for it.

The top position in the State Department overseeing affairs has not been filled since quit after Trump became in 2017. A career diplomat, Alice Wells, has been looking after the portfolio on an acting basis.

The Examiner, a conservative publication, said that according to a Williams had decided not to pursue the job. It said he cited "family reasons" for the decision.

Williams is serving as the associate at the (DIA).

When he was nominated in December, the said that he had more than 20 hears experience as an specialising in and affairs.

He had previously been the for at the and for South Asia at the DIA, the announcement said.

Scores of diplomatic positions are unfilled. The US does not have an in after moved to to become the under in August.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 09:00 IST