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Thursday
Jul072011

Ryan Crocker Sworn in as New Ambassador to Afghanistan

U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) -- Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker was sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Thursday. Crocker is expected to arrive in Kabul sometime in the next week where he will have a public initiation ceremony.
 
With Crocker at her side, Clinton placed a call to the American civilians working in Afghanistan to endorse him as the ambassador and to thank them for their work.
 
“Her intention going into that was to thank them for all they are doing and to encourage them to continue all the good work that they are engaged in, and to lay hands on Ambassador Crocker and make it clear that he will be their leader and their partner as they go forward,” State Dept spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
 
Crocker will oversee a larger civilian corps in Afghanistan, which has nearly quadrupled in size since the civilian surge, and significantly expanded its presence outside of the embassy in Kabul.
 
His most famous posting was in Iraq, where he teamed up with General Petraeus and was credited for stabilizing the U.S. relationship with the Iraqi government and participating in negotiations on the Status of Forces Agreement.

The Obama administration hopes Crocker will be able to bring that same diplomatic touch to the notoriously volatile relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
 
Crocker left Iraq and retired from the Foreign Service in February 2009 to take over as the Dean of Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Petraeus is expected leave the country in July before taking over as CIA Director in September.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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