Donald Trump announces plans to nominate Samuel Dale Brownback as ambassador for religious freedom

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his plans to nominate Kansas Governor Samuel Dale Brownback as his ambassador

PTI July 27, 2017 12:06:44 IST
Donald Trump announces plans to nominate Samuel Dale Brownback as ambassador for religious freedom

US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his plans to nominate Kansas Governor Samuel Dale Brownback as his ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Donald Trump announces plans to nominate Samuel Dale Brownback as ambassador for religious freedom

President Donald Trump. AP

If confirmed by the US Senate, Brownback will serve as the head of the Office of International Religious Freedom within the State Department, which is charged with promoting religious freedom as a key objective of US.

The office monitors "religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom."  "Religious Freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul. I am honoured to serve such an important cause," Brownback said in a tweet.

Brownback, who has been Governor of Kansas since 2011, in his previous capacity as the  (1996 to 2011) was a key player in the Congressional passage of the India-US civil nuclear deal.

While a member of the Senate, Brownback worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Updated Date:

also read

Manmohan-Obama sign first commercial nuclear deal agreement
World

Manmohan-Obama sign first commercial nuclear deal agreement

The landmark India-US civil nuclear stalled over India's 2010 nuclear liability law is finally moving forward with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and the Westinghouse Electric Company signing a preliminary commercial contract.

US President Donald Trump to give command to start engines at NASCAR's Daytona 500
Sports

US President Donald Trump to give command to start engines at NASCAR's Daytona 500

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies

US President Donald Trump says he does not want government to lead 5G effort
News & Analysis

US President Donald Trump says he does not want government to lead 5G effort

US President says that in the US our approach is private sector-led and private sector-driven.