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Indian American Krishna R Urs appointed as US Ambassador to Peru

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Urs started his stint as an American diplomat in 1986

Krishna R Urs (Courtesy of twitter)

Indian American Krishna “Kris” R. Urs, who is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, has been appointed by President Trump as the US Ambassador to Peru.

A 31-year veteran of the Foreign Service, Urs started his stint as an American diplomat in 1986.

He assumed the additional post of the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Spain since January 2017.

According to the official website of the US Embassy in Spain, Urs has previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs and Chief US Government Aviation Negotiator at the Department of State from November 2010 until June 2014.

He also served as Director of the Office of Aviation Negotiations in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs in the Department of State from September 2009 until October 2010, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia (from September 2008 until June 2009), Deputy Chief of Mission at the same embassy (from July 2006 until September 2008), Director of the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State (from 2003 until 2006).

Urs served overseas as an economic officer in the Dominican Republic (2000-2003), Peru (1996-2000), Nicaragua (1990-1993), Bangladesh (1988-1990) and Mexico (1987-1988).  He served in the Department of State as the senior Pakistan Desk Officer (1994-1996) and on detail to Department of Treasury (1993-1994), working in the Office of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.

A 1980 batch graduate of Georgetown University, Urs studied Latin American politics and economics at the Walsh School of Foreign Service after which he earned a master’s degree at the University of Texas in economics in 1985.  He speaks Spanish and Hindi.