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US President Barack Obama Names Veteran Diplomat David Hale As The New Pakistan Ambassador

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Amman, JORDAN: US ambassador to Jordan David Hale speaks to reporters in front of bags of wheat in Amman 31 August 2006 before they are sent to Lebanon. The US government today donated 700 tonnes of wheat to Lebanon as part of a 'goodwill' gesture to help relief efforts, with the first trucks heading for Beirut from Jordan, the US embassy said. The wheat, which was milled into flower at Jordan's South Amman Mills, is expected to help feed 350,000 people in Lebanon, Hale said. Six trucks were heading to Lebanon, via Syria, today while 12 others will follow in the next couple of days, the embassy said. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has nominated veteran diplomat David Hale as the next ambassador to Pakistan.

A career foreign service official, Hale is currently the US Ambassador to Lebanon, a position he has held since 2013.

Obama named him for the post yesterday and if confirmed by the Senate, Hale would replace Cameron Munter.

Hale previously served as the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011.

From 2008 to 2009, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State.

Prior to that, Hale served as US Ambassador to Jordan from 2005 to 2008.

He served at the US Embassy in Jordan as Charge d Affaires from 2004 to 2005 and as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2003 to 2004.

Hale has also served as Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, and in other positions overseas in Bahrain, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1984.