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Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

CLINTON NOMINEE AS AMBASSADOR TO TUVALU EXPECTED TO BE CONFIRMED SHORTLY

SUVA, Fiji islands (July 16, 1999 – PACNEWS)---The United States Senate is expected to confirm the appointment of the new American Ambassador to Fiji, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu next week.

U.S. President Bill Clinton announced the nomination of Osman Siddique as the new Fiji-based US Ambassador to the four Pacific Island countries on May 28, a week after the general election in Fiji.

It is understood the governments of the four countries have agreed on the appointment and await next week’s confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate. 

The U.S. government did not announce an immediate successor to the former ambassador, Don Gevirtz, who left Suva prematurely in July 1997, citing personal reasons for his early departure. Charge’ d’Affaires Larry Dinger has been Acting U.S. Ambassador since then.

Siddique, of McLean, Virginia, is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of ITI/Travelogue, Inc., a corporate travel management company he founded in 1976.

In addition to his work with ITI/Travelogue, Inc., Siddique has served on several presidential delegations, including the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism and the First Hemispheric Trade and Commerce Forum. 

He also served as a member of the National Democratic Institute's International Observer Delegation to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections in 1996.

Siddique was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his MBA from Indiana University in 1974. He is married with four children.


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