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C. David Welch
Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs

David Welch was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (IO) on October 16, 1998. The IO bureau develops and implements U.S. policy in the United Nations and other international organizations.

A career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Welch most recently served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. He was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1992-1995; in the absence of an Ambassador, he served there for two years (1992-94) as Charge d'Affaires. He was a member of the National Security Council staff at the White House from 1989-1991. Prior to his assignment to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Welch was Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State (1991-1992).

From 1986-1988, Mr. Welch served as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan and from 1984-1986 as Chief of the Political Section in Damascus, Syria. Prior to these assignments, Mr. Welch served as the officer responsible for Syria (1981-1982) and Lebanon (1982-1983) in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.

From 1979-1981, Mr. Welch was a Political Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan and from 1977-1979 served in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology.

Mr. Welch earned a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1975 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also studied at the London School of Economics, 1973-1974.

Mr. Welch has received several awards from the State Department for exceptional service. He speaks Spanish and Arabic, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association, and the Hoya Hoop Club.

Mr. Welch was born in Munich, Germany in 1953 to parents who were also in the Foreign Service and lived with them in Germany, Brazil, Morocco, Ecuador, and Mexico. He is married to Gretchen Gerwe Welch, also a Foreign Service Officer. They have three daughters.

Released by the Bureau of International Organization Affairs November 4, 1998.

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