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Several State Department nominees confirmed

Before leaving town Thursday evening for their five week August recess, the Senate confirmed a series of ambassadors. Here’s the list: James B. Cunningham, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Gene Allan Cretz, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to ...

Before leaving town Thursday evening for their five week August recess, the Senate confirmed a series of ambassadors. Here's the list:

James B. Cunningham, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Before leaving town Thursday evening for their five week August recess, the Senate confirmed a series of ambassadors. Here’s the list:

James B. Cunningham, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Gene Allan Cretz, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana.

Deborah Ruth Malac, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia.

Thomas Hart Armbruster, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

David Bruce Wharton, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Greta Christine Holtz, of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Sultanate of Oman.

Alexander Mark Laskaris, of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea.

Marcie B. Ries, of the District of Columbia to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria.

John M. Koenig, of Washington, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cyprus.

Michael David Kirby, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia.

As the Diplopundit blog pointed out, two nominations that didn’t go through Thursday were s Carlos Pascual, nominated to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Energy Resources), and Richard Olson, nomination to be ambassador to Pakistan.

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