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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 12, 1995

President Names A. Elizabeth Jones as Ambassador to the Republic

of Kazakhstan

The President today announced his intention to nominate A. Elizabeth Jones of the District Of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class Of Minster-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic Of Kazakhstan.

Ms. Jones joined the Foreign Service in 1970 and has served in Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan and Germany. In Washington, she was Deputy Director for Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq in the State Department from 1982-84. Her most recent assignment was as Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Born in Munich, Germany in 1948, Beth Jones grew up in the Foreign Service and lived with her parents and sisters in Germany, France, Mexico and Russia. She learned German and Russian while attending Russian and German local schools in Junior High and High School in Moscow and Berlin. Ms. Jones graduated in 1970 from Swarthmore College with a BA in history and earned an MA in International Relations from Boston University's Berlin program in 1986. She has studied Arabic in Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt.

Ms. Jones is married to Thomas A. Homan, a Senior Foreign Service Officer now serving as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. They have two children, Todd (14) and Courtney (12).