THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES C. DAVID WELCH AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AFFAIRS
The President today announced his intent to nominate C. David Welch to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.
Mr. C. David Welch, of San Jose, California, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, and is currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He has had a number of assignments in the Middle East and South Asia, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Pakistan. Mr. Welch was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1992 to 1995; and in the absence of an Ambassador, he served there for two years (1992-1994), as Charge d'affaires. He was a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House from 1989 to 1991, and has served in several positions at the State Department.
Mr. Welch graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1975, and he holds advanced degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
The mission of the Office of International Organization Affairs is to provide guidance and support for U.S. participation in international organizations. The Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and provides policy recommendations to the Secretary of State, the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, other principals, and interagency committees on all aspects of international organization affairs. The incumbent helps develop and execute U.S. policy toward international organizations with particular emphasis on those organizations which make up the United Nations system.