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U.S. Nominee for Ambassador to Turkmenistan Testifies in Senate

Robert E. Patterson

Robert E. Patterson, President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, testified in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 5.

He gave a careful and balanced testimony that was likely the result of a number of hands at the State Department to keep it on point for established U.S. policy for Central Asia.

Patterson led off with a frank statement of why Turkmenistan is so important to the U.S. (and, we could add, why it was such a travesty that this job has been left vacant for nearly five years):

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