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Trump urged to nominate Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Democratic members of the powerful on Thursday urged to nominate of State for South and Central Asia, an important diplomatic post that has been vacant in the 28 months of his administration.

This is for the first time in the history of the State Department's Bureau of South and that this critical position has remained vacant for so long. Indian-American was the to hold this position in the Obama Administration, which she left on January 20.

"The position has remained without a confirmed appointee since the beginning of the Trump Administration, hampering the State Department's ability to conduct diplomacy and shape policy in a critical region of the world," Democratic lawmakers from the said.

"The State Department's lack of senior-level involvement on a variety of matters related to has been deeply disturbing," said the letter which among others was signed by Eliot Engel, of the

"From the failure of the Department's senior officials to engage directly with officials during the country's October-December 2018 constitutional crisis, to the Department's failure to form a coherent policy, to the mishandling of the US-relationship in the midst of seeking a peace deal with the Taliban, it is clear that American leadership -- when it is needed most -- is missing in action," the letter said.

"We believe that these failures are at least in part the result of not having a confirmed Assistant Secretary," rued the Democratic lawmakers including Indian American Dr

Noting that candidates with deep experience in and outside of the have been considered for the position, the lawmakers said so it is difficult to understand why it remains unfilled.

"We strongly urge you to nominate a qualified individual to fill this position as soon as possible," they said.

Stressing that having no Assistant "more than two years into your term is not acceptable", the Congressmen said the absence of a confirmed to lead the Department's efforts at advancing some of American's most important relationships, including with India, and Afghanistan, has had a demonstrably negative impact on US interests and regional stability in

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 07:20 IST