Jakarta: New US Ambassador Presents Credentials

New US Ambassador Presents Credentials

Laksamana, Indonesia
Nov 25 2004

Laksamana.Net – America’s new ambassador to Indonesia, B. Lynn Pascoe,
presented his credentials to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at
the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday (25/11/04), the US
Embassy said in a statement.

“Ambassador Pascoe is looking forward to working with the government
of Indonesia and its people to build upon, strengthen and expand the
good and important relations between the two countries. He is also
looking forward to meeting with the members of the media at an early
opportunity,” said the statement.

Pascoe is no stranger to Southeast Asia, having served as ambassador
to Malaysia from January 1999 to August 2001.

Following the Malaysian posting, he was deputy assistant secretary in
the State Department’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau. His areas
of responsibility included countries in the Eastern Mediterranean,
the Caucasus and Central Asia.

He earlier served as US co-chair of the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group that sought to resolve the
dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.

>>From 1993 to 1996, Pascoe was director of the American Institute
in Taiwan. He has also served as principal deputy assistant secretary
in the State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau.

In over three decades of his diplomatic career, he has held positions
on the Soviet and China desks, and has been posted to Moscow, Hong
Kong and Bangkok, as well as to Beijing twice, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.

Born in Missouri on July 7, 1943, Pascoe received his Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of Kansas and his Master of Arts degree
from Columbia University. He has also attended the US National War
College. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He and his wife have
two grown daughters.

The US Embassy in Jakarta was closed Thursday in observance of
Thanksgiving Day.

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