Krishna R. Urs, a veteran of the Foreign Service, has been picked by President Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to Peru. (screen grab of YouTube/Nicholas Kralev)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has nominated an Indian American veteran of the Foreign Service, Krishna “Kris” R. Urs, to be the ambassador to Peru, the White House announced June 29.

The appointment of Urs, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, would have to be approved by the Senate, according to an IANS report.

He is currently Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Urs took over after James Costos, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, resigned.

Urs, a 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service, was earlier the Deputy Chief of Mission in Spain.

Urs, who knows Spanish, Hindi and Telugu, has specialized in economic issues and has developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America, the White House said.

The Indian American diplomat is a 1980 graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied Latin American politics and economics at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Texas in economics. He is married to Denise A. Urs, also a Foreign Service Officer, and they have two children.

Previously, Urs has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs and Chief U.S. Government Aviation Negotiator at the Department of State from November 2010 until June 2014. He also served as director in the Office of Aviation Negotiations in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs in the Department of State, Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the same embassy, director of the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State.

Urs served overseas as an economic officer in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Nicaragua, Bangladesh and Mexico (1987-1988). He served in the Department of State as the senior Pakistan Desk Officer and on detail to the Department of Treasury, working in the Office of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

In January, Trump ordered the wholesale resignations of ambassadors appointed by Obama, leaving huge holes in the diplomatic network that he is only now beginning to fill.

Last week he nominated Kenneth Juster, the president's Deputy Assistant for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, to be the ambassador in New Delhi.

At the highest levels of the State Department, Trump has appointed Indian American Nikki Haley as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, a position that has cabinet rank.

-- With IANS reports 

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