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Uzbekistan: Ambassador Nominee Krol Clears Senate Foreign Relations Committee

George A. Krol

President Barack Obama's nominee for US ambassador to Uzbekistan, Ambassador George Krol, was reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, according to a statement on foreign.senate.gov.

Barring any objections -- which appear unlikely -- he is likely to be voted in soon as US ambassador to Tashkent by the full Senate.

At his nominations hearing on May 4, long-time diplomat Krol, who has been actively involved in Central Asia in other positions, gave a simple and uneventful 3-page statement making it clear that priorities for the US government in Uzbekistan are securing the delivery route to NATO troops in Afghanistan, stability, trade -- and human rights, last on the list:

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