US Senate Confirms Elizabeth Rood as Ambassador to Turkmenistan

US Senate Confirms Elizabeth Rood as Ambassador to Turkmenistan

Washington, The Gulf Observer: The United States Senate has officially approved the appointment of Elizabeth Rood as the US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkmenistan, as announced on the official website of the US Senate.

President Joe Biden nominated Rood for the esteemed position in August 2022, as part of the administration’s efforts to fill key diplomatic roles. With her confirmation, Rood assumes the responsibility of leading the US diplomatic mission in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

Elizabeth Rood brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to her new role, having served as a career diplomat with the rank of Minister Counsellor. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Rood served as Deputy US Ambassador in Moscow, and has held various diplomatic positions in countries across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

A native of Cary, North Carolina, Rood is a distinguished alumna of the University of Maryland at College Park, where she earned a Master’s degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Fluent in Russian, French, German, Pashto, Dari, and Georgian, her linguistic prowess reflects her commitment to fostering international dialogue and understanding.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkmenistan on February 19, 1992, laid the foundation for bilateral cooperation and engagement. Since 2019, the American diplomatic mission in Ashgabat has been under the leadership of Ambassador Matthew Steven Klimow.

With Elizabeth Rood assuming her new role as Ambassador, the United States reaffirms its commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties with Turkmenistan and advancing mutual interests in the region.