This March 5, 2016 photo shows Australian and US flags hoisted during the men's doubles match at the World Group first round Davis Cup tennis tournament at Kooyong in Melbourne, Australia. (PAUL CROCK / AFP)
CANBERRA — The Australian government has welcomed the appointment of a new US ambassador to Australia after the post was left vacant for more than two years.
The US Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Arthur Culvahouse Jr as the new ambassador to Australia more than two years after the last ambassador, John Berry, left the post
The US Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Arthur Culvahouse Jr, a former lawyer and public servant, as the new ambassador to Australia more than two years after the last ambassador, John Berry, left the post.
"I welcome the confirmation of Arthur B. Culvahouse as the US's next ambassador to Australia," Marise Payne, Australia's minister for foreign affairs, said in a statement.
The two-year absence of an ambassador has been a source of irritation between the Australian and US administrations.
US President Donald Trump in February 2018 nominated Admiral Harry Harris Jr to be the ambassador to Australia but he was re-nominated to be the ambassador to South Korea in May.
Julie Bishop, Payne's predecessor as foreign minister, said at the time that the government understood the decision and looked forward to a new ambassador being appointed.
Culvahouse, whose first major job in politics was as a counsel to former President Ronald Reagan, advised Trump and 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain on who to pick as their running mates.
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