Boucher takes over as new assistant of state for South Asia
26 February, 2006
WASHINGTON, February 26 (Online): Long-time US career diplomat and erstwhile State Department spokesman Richard Boucher has taken over as the new Assistant of State for South and Central Asia after he was confirmed by the Senate.
Boucher, who replaces Christina Rocca, has handled issues of South Asia and Central Asia and is known for his quiet and steady poise.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the chairmanship of Richard Lugar had placed the Boucher confirmation on the fast track in the backdrop of President George W Bush’s visit to India and Pakistan beginning next week.
The administration, on its part, was also keen that Boucher take his position in the newly expanded bureau given the critical importance Central Asia plays in the bush administration’s foreign policy.
The White House has not formally announced the delegation that will be accompanying the President and the first lady on the visit to India and Pakistan beginning March 1 but it is expected to include the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the new Assistant Secretary of State Boucher.