Alice Wells’ wise counsel over South Asia will be missed: Pompeo

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Washington:  With Alice Wells set to retire from the State Department later this month, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has said that he will miss the senior diplomat’s counsel and dedicated efforts to build relationships and address challenges across South and Central Asia.

“After 31 years of dedicated service, Ambassador Alice Wells will retire from @StateDept this month. I will miss Alice’s wise counsel and dedicated efforts to build relationships and address challenges across South and Central Asia,” Pompeo tweeted.

“I personally came to admire Ambassador Wells’ dedication to our team’s mission and her dogged pursuit of American excellence. We commend her service and wish her the best,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer, assumed her duties as Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia in 2017. She has also served as a political officer at the US Embassies in New Delhi, Islamabad and Riyadh.

A votary of strong US-India ties, including enhanced military cooperation amidst China flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, she termed the bilateral relationship as “unshakeable”.

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