woman of Indian descent, Farah Pandith has been made special
representative of the United States to the Muslim world, said the US State Department.
According to the statement released by the US State Department,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed Ms. Pandith incharge of a special
department created for outreach efforts in the Muslim world.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked Pandith to head the new
Office of the US Special Representative to Muslim Communities.
Special Representative Pandith and her staff would be responsible for
executing the Administration's efforts to engage Muslims around
the world on a people-to-people and organisational level.
Ms. Pandith's appointment by Clinton as the US Special
Representative to Muslim Communities is part
of the Obama Administration's effort to reach out to the Muslim
communities across the world.
Farah Pandith is a Muslim of Kashmiri origin whose parents migrated
from Srinagar to the United States in 1969.
Previously she has served as a special advisor to the Under
Secretary responsible for European and Euro-Asian affairs. She has
also served in the National Security Council as a coordinator of
outreach to the Muslim world. She was also associated with USAID
directing relief projects to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. The position was
created for the first time in the US history.
Hillary Clinton has said Farah
Pandith would play a "leading role" in engaging Muslims across the
world in her new capacity as Special Representative to Muslim
am pleased to announce the appointment of Farah Pandith to serve as
Special Representative to Muslim Communities," Clinton said in a
statement, making a formal announcement in this regard.
brings years of experience to the job and she will play a leading
role in our efforts to engage Muslims around the world," Ms. Clinton