Donald Armin Blome, US ambassador to Pakistan
Donald Armin Blome has been nominated as the new US ambassador to Pakistan. Image Credit: Supplied

Islamabad: US President Joe Biden has nominated Donald Blome as ambassador to Pakistan. The announcement comes after a three-year hiatus as Washington looks forward to coordinate with Islamabad on the situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops in August.

Donald Armin Blome, currently ambassador to Tunisia, is the nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the White House said.

Donald Blome is a career diplomat who has worked at key positions in the Middle East region for over 2 decades.

The position of US ambassador to Pakistan remained vacant since August 2018 when ambassador David Hale was posted as Under Secretary for Political Affairs in Washington. After his departure, Paul Jones and Angela Aggeler served as charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Pakistan.


During more than 25 years in the Foreign Service and serving in senior positions in the Arab region, Blome has specialised in Middle East affairs. He also speaks Arabic. He earned a BA and a JD from the University of Michigan.

Donald Blame has served as consul general at the US Consulate in Jerusalem (2015-2018), and director of the office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the US Department of State. Blome has also served as a political counsellor at the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013). He also worked in Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait. Other assignments include Israel desk officer, deputy director and acting director at the office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (2001-2004), Iran desk officer and overseas tours in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.