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Offline Rapunzel

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State Department planning to create Arctic ambassador position
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:48:59 PM »

State Department planning to create Arctic ambassador position
Published February 14, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska –  The U.S. State Department plans to create an Arctic ambassador position to highlight the growing importance of that region.

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a "high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise" to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said she had no personnel announcements to make, but might soon.

Kerry, in the letter, said he believed it was vital to elevate Arctic issues and interests within the State Department. Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic's resources.

Begich's office received the letter Friday.

Alaska's U.S. senators — Begich, and Lisa Murkowski — have been pressing for an ambassador or envoy to the Arctic.
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Re: State Department planning to create Arctic ambassador position
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 04:54:42 PM »
Which of Obama's bundlers/ambassador appointees  will proclaim that he understands the Arctic president is a great guy and he looks forward to meeting him?
« Last Edit: February 14, 2014, 04:55:04 PM by mountaineer »
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