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Trump nominates John R Bass to be envoy to Afghanistan

The US President Donald Trump has nominated John R Bass, currently serving as the US ambassador to Turkey, to be his envoy to Afghanistan.

John R Bass, a career foreign service official since 1988, needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate before he can take up the new assignment.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Bass previously served as the US envoy to Georgia. This is Trump’s first nomination for a South Asian country. He has yet to nominate his envoys for India and Pakistan, the two crucial South Asian countries.

The announcement came hours after Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, drove down to Pentagon to hold policy discussion with his national security and military advisers on a host of global issues including Afghanistan, North Korea and Islamic State terror group.

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