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Washington: A 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.


It further said that 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.


While announcing her appointment, 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 Communities.


"I 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.


"Farah 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 said.






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