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Indian-American appointed as US Ambassador to Peru

U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American named Krishna R Urs as the new US Ambassador to Peru.


Krishna R Urs is a career service American diplomat who has served at seven US embassies as well in several senior leadership positions in Washington, DC. At present, he is serving as Charge d’ Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Earlier, he has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs and Chief US Government Aviation Negotiator at the Department of State (2010 to 2014)

Krishna R Urs has specialisation in economic issues and has extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America. He had earned his MS from the University of Texas and a BS from Georgetown University.

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Rashad Hussain appointed as US Special Envoy and Coordinator

Rashad Hussain, an Indian-American  has been appointed United States (US) Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

He will hold both posts. Prior to this appointment, he was Special Envoy of the US to Organisation for Islamic Countries (OIC).

As Special Envoy he will lead a staff from a number of U.S. departments and agencies to expand global engagement and partnerships of the US to counter violent extremism.

As part of new role, he will also coordinate, orient, and inform government-wide strategic communications focused on violent extremists and terrorist organisations.

About Rashad Hussain

  • Rashad Hussain is son of Indian immigrants from state of Bihar.
  • In 2009 he had served as Deputy Associate Counsel to US President Barack Obama and focused issues related to national security, new media, and science and technology.
  • He had also served as Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council (NSC) and as a Special Assistant US Attorney in Washington, where he had prosecuted criminal cases.
  • Award- In 2013, he was awarded US Distinguished Honor Award for his exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies of the US Government.

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