January 08, 2007

Zalmay Khalilzad


From FOX News: Bush to Nominate Khalilzad as United Nations Ambassador.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Monday that President Bush will nominate Zalmay Khalilzad to be the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and Ryan Crocker will replace him as U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

Both changes were revealed in news reports last week. The White House on Monday also issued a written statement of the president's intent.

Rice said she has trust and confidence in both men, who will have a lot of work since much remains to be done at the United Nations and in the Middle East.

“Zal has performed heroically and at great personal risk to help Iraqi reformers and responsible leaders build a foundation of democracy in their country,” Rice said in an afternoon statement to reporters. “Ryan will be a demanding boss in our embassy, you can be sure of that, but a fair and inspiring one."

Khalilzad, who is Afghan born, has also served as ambassador to Afghanistan. He will replace John Bolton, who could not win Senate confirmation and resigned last month as his temporary appointment as U.N. ambassador was about to expire.

Bolton said he hopes the Senate moves quickly to confirm Khalilzad.

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Posted by Forkum at January 8, 2007 07:46 PM