Matthew Klimov, the US ambassador to Turkmenistan, has been appointed by President Donald Trump, and his appointment will take effect on Monday, the Inspector General’s State Department Office CNN confirmed. The office said Klimov plans to return to Turkmenistan later this year.
The State Department appreciates the return of Ambassador Klimo to Washington, D.C., to fulfill the role of Acting Inspector General until the end of 2020, ”a State Department spokesman said Thursday.
It has been reported that two congressional aides nominated Klimov for the role. One of the aides said he had an impression that he was in close contact with senior officials in the department.
Klimov, a career civil servant, was a senior adviser in the Office of the Under-Secretary of Management shortly before his appointment as Ambassador. He served in the State Department, the White House, and the military in other capacities. According to his biography, Klimov’s son is a lawyer in the State Department.
The Watchdog Agency has been without a Senate-confirmed Inspector General since Linick was fired on the evening of May 15 at the behest of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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