WASHINGTON (Staff Report) – The United States Senate ratified the appointment of David Hale as the US Ambassador to Pakistan.

Hale’s appointment was announced by the US President back in March this year. He will be replacing Richard G Olson who was appointed as ambassador to Pakistan in 2012 after Cameron Munter resigned from the office as a result of tense relations between Washington and Islamabad following US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Hale is a career diplomat and longtime Middle East expert. He has been US ambassador to Lebanon from 2013. He has served as special envoy for Middle East peace and was ambassador to Jordan from 2005 to 2008.

He has also served as at the State Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.