New US ambassador David Hale reaches Islamabad

 ISLAMABAD:  Ambassador David Hale, a career diplomat, arrived here Wednesday to take up his new assignment as the US  ambassador to Islamabad.

He will present his credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain at the earliest opportunity, said a US Embassy statement here.
“After presenting his credentials, he will begin working  with his Pakistani counterparts and the Pakistani people  to strengthen American-Pakistani relations, increase trade between  the two countries, further enhance our security partnership, and  advance the broad agenda laid out by President Obama and  Prime Minister Sharif when they met in Washington on October 22,  2015,” it said.
David Hale is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with  the rank of Career Minister.   He served as Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic from 2013  to 2015.
Previously, he was the Special Envoy for Middle East  Peace (2011-2013), Deputy Special Envoy for Middle East Peace  (2009-11), and American Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom  of Jordan (2005-8).
He has also served in Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and at  the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and multiple tours in  Lebanon and Jordan.
In Washington, Hale was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State  for Israel, Egypt and the Levant, Director for Israel  and Palestinian Affairs, and Executive Assistant to Secretary  of State Madeleine Albright.
In 2013 Secretary Clinton presented Hale with the  Distinguished Service Award. He speaks Arabic.
Hale is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of  Foreign Service and was born in the U.S. state of New Jersey, it  said.

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