Pickering To India, Perkins To UN
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush said Monday he will nominate Thomas R. Pickering as ambassador to India and Edward J. Perkins to succeed Pickering as ambassador to the United Nations.
Pickering, 60, played a key diplomatic role in marshaling support for the tough United Nations resolutions that isolated Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait and eventually led to Kuwait’s liberation by force.
Perkins, 63, is director general of the Foreign Service and the State Department’s personnel director. The black diplomat served as ambassador to South Africa in 1986-89.
Pickering would succeed William Clark Jr. in the New Delhi post. Pickering has been ambassador to Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.
Perkins has also been ambassador to Liberia.
The nominations had been expected as part of a shuffling of top level posts at the State Department.