Barack Obama nominates career diplomat as new ambassador to Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jun 2016

PETALING JAYA: US President Barack Obama (pic) has nominated a career diplomat as the new ambassador to Malaysia.

The White House said in a statement on Friday, that Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir would be Obama’s nominee for the diplomatic post.

If confirmed by the Senate, Lakhdhir will replace Joseph Y. Yun, who has been the ambassador since October 2013.

Lakhdhir is a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Counselor and the executive assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015.

She served as the US consul general in Belfast, UK from 2009 to 2011.

Before that, she worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as the director of the Office of Maritime Southeast Asia from 2007 to 2009 and as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 to 2006.

From 2001 to 2005, Lakhdhir was a political officer at the US Embassy in Beijing, China.

From 2000 to 2001, she served as a Pearson Fellow in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee and the House Financial Services Committee, Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee.

From 1998 to 2000, Lakhdhir was deputy coordinator of the Taiwan Coordination Staff in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

She was a Line Officer in the Department’s Executive Secretariat from 1996 to 1998.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1991, Lakhdhir has also served as a political officer in Indonesia and as consular officer in Saudi Arabia.

Lakhdhir received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.S. from the National War College.

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