US Senate approves Glyn Davies as new Thailand ambassador
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US Senate approves Glyn Davies as new Thailand ambassador

The U.S. Senate has approved the appointment of former envoy for North Korea policy Glyn T. Davies as the new ambassador to Thailand.

The position has been vacant for almost 10 months after Kristie Kenney left the Bangkok embassy in early November.

President Barack Obama nominated Davies for the position in April, with Wednesday’s Senate approval removing the final hurdle from his move to Bangkok.

Davies was congratulated on his appointment by U.S. charge d’affaires W Patrick Murphy:

Davies brings years of diplomatic pedigree to what is regarded as a tricky posting after relations between the U.S. and Thailand deteriorated in the wake of last year’s military coup.

Davies served as the Obama administration’s point man for the diplomatic response to North Korea’s nuclear program between 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, he was the U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Siam Voices blogger Saksith Saiyasombut wrote in April:

Davies’ nomination could also be regarded as a sign that the United States has realized that it will be likely dealing with the military junta for a lot longer than initially anticipated, namely beyond the promised elections… while it still isn’t known in what capacity the junta will exist after that.

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