Robert Blake appointed new Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia

April 26th, 2009 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr.26 (ANI): Robert Blake has been appointed as the new Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian affairs dealing with India and Pakistan following President Barack Obama’s decision to remove Richard Boucher from the post.

Blake, who is currently the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, would take charge of his new office after the US Senate confirms him.

He would also be dealing with issues concerning Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Maldives.

Blake has held a number of positions at the US State Department earlier. He also served as the Deputy Chief of mission at the US Embassy in New Delhi from 2003 to 2006. (ANI)

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