Trump announces intent to appoint new envoy to Afghanistan

  • John Bass currently serves as ambassador to Turkey

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has announced his intent to appoint veteran diplomat John Bass, who is currently serving as an envoy to Turkey, as the new ambassador to Afghanistan, Dawn News reported.

The President announced this following Bass’s experience in tackling terrorism.

“Mr Bass has spent much of the past decade supporting federal government efforts to mobilise allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria, and Southwest Asia.”

Bass has been posted in Turkey since 2014 and closely observed a coup attempt in Turkey and tensions over Syria.

The nomination comes as the administration is set to announce a new strategy in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been fighting since 2001. The Pentagon is expected to send more troops to Afghanistan.