Public Papers

Nomination of Nicholas Platt To Be United States Ambassador to Pakistan


The President today announced his intention to nominate Nicholas Platt, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He would succeed Robert B. Oakley.

Since 1987 Ambassador Platt has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Prior to this Ambassador Platt served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and Executive Secretary of the Department of State, 1985 - 1987; U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia, 1982 - 1984; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, 1981 - 1982; and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1980 - 1981. Ambassador Platt served as a staff member of the National Security Council at the White House, 1978 - 1980; Director for Japanese Affairs for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, 1977 - 1978; deputy chief of the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, 1974 - 1977; and chief of the political section at the U.S. liaison office in Peking, China, 1973 - 1974. Ambassador Platt served at the Department of State as: Deputy Director and then Director of the Secretariat Staff, 1971 - 1973; chief of the Asian Communist areas division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 1969 - 1971; and China desk officer for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1968 - 1969. He also served as a political officer at the American consulate general in Hong Kong, 1964 - 1968; Chinese language training at the Foreign Service Institute and in Taichung, Taiwan, 1962 - 1963; and as vice consul of the American consulate in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1959 - 1961. Ambassador Platt entered the Foreign Service in 1959.

Ambassador Platt graduated from Harvard College (B.A., 1957) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (M.A., 1959). He was born March 10, 1936, in New York, NY. Ambassador Platt is married, has three children, and resides in Washington, DC.