Vol. 5 Num 949 Tue. January 30, 2007  
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Butenis given assignment in Iraq by year end

US Ambassador to Dhaka Patricia A Butenis will leave Bangladesh later this year to assume a senior position in the United States Embassy in Baghdad.

Announcing Butenis' new assignment, a US embassy press release said, "Her reassignment will help further US goals in Iraq."

"The United States values its close relationship with Bangladesh, based on our common values and interests, and remains committed to fully supporting its democracy," the release said yesterday.

After her assignment in Pakistan, Butenis took up her Bangladesh assignment only about a year ago.

"Once the President has designated a successor to Ambassador Butenis, the Department of State will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition," the release added.

Patricia Butenis was confirmed as Ambassador to Bangladesh by the Senate on February 16, 2006, and sworn in on March 17, 2006. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, at the rank of Minister-Counsellor. Prior to her assignment in Bangladesh, Butenis was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Islamabad (2004-2006).

Butenis joined the Foreign Service in 1980. She served as Vice Consul in Karachi (1980-82), Vice Consul/ Political Officer in San Salvador (1982-85), Consul in New Delhi (1985-88), El Salvador Desk Officer (1988-90) and Consul (American Citizen Services Chief) in Bogotá, Colombia (1990-93).

She attended the National War College (1993-94) and served at the Visa Office, Field Liaison, in the Department of State (1994-97). She then served as Consul General in Warsaw (1998-2001) and Consul General in Bogotá, Colombia (2001-04).

Butenis was born in New Jersey. She received a BA in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Relations from Columbia University.