2 PIOs on top US posts on international religious affairs
US President Joe Biden July 30 named Indian American Rashad Hussain and Gold Star father Khizr Khan to serve in top international religious affairs roles at the White House. A White House press statement said the announcement underscores the President`s commitment to build an administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faith. If confirmed by the Senate, Hussain will be the first Muslim American to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large at the office of International Religious Freedom. Pakistani American Khan, whose son U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War, was appointed as a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Several Indian American community leaders welcomed the announcement. Hussain currently serves as the director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council. He previously served as senior counsel at the Department of Justice`s National Security Division. During the Obama Administration, Rashad served as U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, U.S. Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel.