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Biden announces selection of ambassadors for France, India, Chile

US President Joe Biden speaks before signing an executive order at the State Dining Room of the White House on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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President Joe Biden on Friday revealed the names of four new candidates to serve as US ambassadors to countries including France, India, Bangladesh and Chile, the White House said in a press release.

Biden will nominate Dennis Campbell Bauer as his ambassador to both France and Monaco. Bauer was reportedly a major fundraiser for former President Barack Obama, and he served in his administration as US ambassador to Belgium between 2013 and the end of Obama’s final term.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was officially listed in the release as Biden’s intended nominee to become the US ambassador to India. Outlets including NBC News reported in early May that Garcetti would be nominated to that position.

Peter Haas, a career member of the State Department’s senior Foreign Service, was tapped to be Biden’s ambassador to Bangladesh. Haas, who speaks French and German, has served as the head of the US Consulate General in Mumbai, India.

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Biden will also nominate Bernadette Meehan, who currently heads the Obama Foundation’s global programs, to be its ambassador to Chile. Meehan has more than a decade of experience as a Foreign Service officer and has previously served as a spokesperson for the National Security Council.

The latest crop of nominees reflects Biden’s preference for selecting officials with substantial experience within relevant institutions, in contrast to his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who has recruited many people with limited experience in government to play key roles. Chosen.

Biden’s choice for ambassador roles must be confirmed by the Senate. According to The Washington Post, more than 80 presidential candidates have been confirmed by the Senate, while the chamber is currently considering about 160 more.

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