Hillary Clinton fills key India position in US State Department

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Washington, DC: US Secre-tary of State Hillary Clinton has appointed a well-known South Asia expert to fill up a key post relating to India in the Department of State, just months ahead of President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to New Delhi in November.

“Alyssa Ayres will start as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau of the State Department on August 30. Her portfolio will include India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Mal-dives,” a State Department official said.

Ayres will be coming from McLarty Associates, a Washington-based international strategic advisory firm, where she has led the India and South Asia practice since 2008.

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