Indian American diplomat is nominated US Ambassador to Ethiopia

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President Trump nominated Geeta Pasi as US ambassador to Ethiopia

New York, June 18 (IANS)  — US President Donald Trump has nominated an Indian-origin American diplomat to be his country’s ambassador to Ethiopia.

Trump announced on Monday the nomination of Geeta Pasi, who is now the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa at the State Department.

Pasi is a member of the US Senior Foreign Service and has served as US Ambassador to Djibouti and Chad.

She has also been a political officer at the US Embassy in New Delhi and Deputy Chief of US Mission in Dhaka.

Pasi has also served as the Director of the Office of Career Development and Afghanistan Desk Officer in the Office of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh Affairs.

She joined the US Foreign Service in 1988.


Geeta Pasi (born 1962) is an American diplomat. She was the American ambassador to Djibouti from 2011-14. She was appointed American ambassador to Chad in June 2016 and served until 2018. In September 2018, she left the ambassadorship to become Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Originally from New York, Pasi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Duke University in 1984 and, two years later, she earned a Master of Arts in French studies from New York University.

Pasi early overseas assignments include serving as political and economic officer at the U.S. Consulate in Douala, Cameroon and human rights and consular officer in Bucharest, Romania in 1991, after the 1989 fall of President Nicolae Ceaușescu. Pasi was political officer in Accra, Ghana, from 1995 to 1997 as that nation held its first democratic elections; and political military officer at the embassy in New Delhi, India, from 1998 to 2001. She also served in Washington as desk officer for Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, and from 1994 to 1995 as a line officer in the Executive Secretariat.

She began work at the Afghanistan desk on July 30, 2001, while the Taliban were still in power. Less than two and a half months later, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Beginning in 2003, Pasi served as deputy principal officer and acting consul general at the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. From 2006 to 2009, she was the deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after which she returned to Washington as Director of the Office of East African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs.

Pasi’s first tenure as Ambassador came in 2011, when she was named to head the mission to the strategically important country of Djibouti, the East African home of a major U.S. military base. Shortly after her arrival, she presided over the opening of a new U.S. Embassy complex there. Since leaving Djibouti in 2014, Pasi has served as Director of the Office of Career Development in the Bureau of Human Resources.

Pasi speaks French, Hindi, Romanian and German.

On June 15, 2020, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Pasi to be the next United States Ambassador to Ethiopia.On June 18, 2020, her nomination was sent to the Senate. Her nomination is currently pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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