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Risch Commends Senate for Swift Confirmation of Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today commended his Senate colleagues for their overwhelming support of General John P. Abizaid (Ret.), to be U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Abizaid was confirmed by a vote of 92-7. 

“I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together today to confirm General John Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that is of incredible importance in an unstable region,” said Risch. “Moving swiftly and efficiently on nominations like this, of which there are many others, is of great importance to our diplomatic stature across the globe. We were able to move quickly to consider and confirm General Abizaid, and we should continue in this way with all State Department nominees moving forward.”