US STATE DEPARTMENT PLANNING TO CREATE ARCTIC AMBASSADOR POSITION

FoxNews on February 14, 2014, published an AP report on the U.S. State Department planning to create an Arctic ambassador position to highlight the growing importance of that region. Excerpts below:

In a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Secretary of State John Kerry said he planned to name a “high-level individual of substantial stature and expertise” to serve as Special Representative for the Arctic Region.

Kerry, in the letter, said he believed it was vital to elevate Arctic issues and interests within the State Department. Nations across the world are hurrying to stake claims to the Arctic’s resources.

Alaska’s U.S. senators — Begich, and Lisa Murkowski — have been pressing for an ambassador or envoy to the Arctic.

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