New US ambassador to Turkmenistan begins his service

US Ambassador to Turkmenistan Matthew S. Klimow (US Embassy photo)

ASHGABAT (TCA) — The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan, Mr. Matthew S. Klimow, presented his credentials to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on June 26. He serves as the eighth Ambassador of the United States to Turkmenistan, the US Embassy in Ashgabat said on June 27.

Ambassador Klimow and his wife, Major (ret.) Edie Gunnels Klimow, arrived in Turkmenistan on June 25. Ambassador Klimow looks forward to supporting flourishing relations between the United States and Turkmenistan through economic, security, educational, and cultural cooperation.

Ambassador Klimow served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management at the United States Department of State. Other recent assignments include Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Foreign Service and Senior Advisor in the Office of Overseas Employment.

From 2012 to 2015, Ambassador Klimow served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary General of NATO in Brussels, Belgium. Other diplomatic assignments include Executive Director for the Bureaus of Administration and Information Resource Management (2010-2012), Director of Language Services (2008-2010), and Executive Director for the Bureau of Consular Affairs (2003-2008). Ambassador Klimow served on the White House staff as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the United States (2002 to 2003) and as military advisor to the Secretary of State (1995-1998).

As a soldier, Ambassador Klimow commanded infantry troops from platoon to brigade, to include the 2,000 paratroopers of the 18th Airborne Corps Combat Support Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1998-2000). Ambassador Klimow is a combat veteran and a recipient of the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2000-2002). During the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he was in the Pentagon and remained in the National Military Command Center with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of Defense, coordinating the nation’s military response.

Ambassador Klimow is a native of Johnson City, New York and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a published author and holds a Master of Art Degree in Public Administration as well as a Master of Military Art and Science Degree. He was Visiting Defense Fellow at the Center for International Relations at Queens University in Canada. Ambassador and Mrs. Klimow have one son, Daniel, who is an attorney at the State Department.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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