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Trump nominates US envoy to Pakistan to top diplomatic position

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US nominated today career officer David Hale, currently the US to Pakistan, as the Under for Political Affairs.

The Under for Political Affairs is the third ranking position in the after the and the Deputy Secretary.

It is also the highest-ranking member of the

If confirmed by the Senate, Hale would replace who retired on June 4.

At present the US to since 2015, Hale supports normalisation of relationship between and

He previously served as the to from 2013 to 2015 and as the US to from 2005 to 2008.

In Washington, he had served as the and Deputy Special for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2013 and as in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2008 to 2009.

From 2001 to 2003, Hale was for Israel-Palestinian Affairs. He was to the Secretary of State from 1997 and 1998.

Hale received a Bachelor of Science in from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is the recipient of numerous senior State Department awards, including the Award and the Presidential Rank Award of

As US Ambassador to Pakistan, Hale has been a great advocate of consistent engagement with and supports normalisation of relationship between and

"Pakistan's relationship with is critical to Pakistan's future. The normalization of relations between the two countries is vital, both to them and to the region," Hale told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing in June 2015.

"Experience has demonstrated that sustained, consistent engagement with Pakistan provides us with the best chance to address challenges and advance our core interests," he then said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 10:25 IST