KATHMANDU, May 27: Senior Foreign Service career member Randy W. Berry is set to succeed Alaina B. Teplitz as US ambassador to Nepal.
Sources said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has already approved the agree-mo for ambassador-designate Berry. It will, however, take some time for him to arrive in Kathmandu to take up his post. Sources said Ambassador Teplitz has been nominated as the US envoy to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Earlier on May 10, the White House had announced that the nomination of Berry as new envoy to Nepal had been sent to the Senate for approval.
A career diplomat with 25 years of experience in the field, Berry currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the US State Department. He served as the State Department's Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons (2015-17) during the Obama administration.
According to the US State Department website, Berry has served twice as United States Consul General/Principal Officer, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2012-2015) and Auckland, New Zealand (2009-2012). He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu (2007-2009).
Berry also served as the US diplomat to various missions including in Bangladesh (1993-1995), Egypt (1996-1998), Uganda (1998-2002) and South Africa (2003-2007), as well as in Washington, DC (2002-2003).