President of United States, Joe Biden has nominated an Indian-American Rashad Hussain as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom on Friday. Rashad is the first Muslim to be nominated to head the United States diplomacy for advancing religious liberties.
In a press release via the White House that said,"Today’s announcement underscores the president's commitment to build an administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faiths."
At present, he is the director for partnerships and global engagement at the National Security Council has formerly served as a senior counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
The White House said that Hussain has also leaded efforts on countering anti-semitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim majority countries.
The White House also said that he has also served as a sepcial envoy and had worked with various organizations such as the OIC and United Nations, foreign governments and also civil society organizations.
Befor joining the Barack Obama's administration, Hussain had served as a judicial law clerk to Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He had also served an associate counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Rashad Hussain has graduated from Yale Law School and has done masters' in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. According to the US state department, the International Religious Freedom office promotes universal respect for freedom of religion or belief for all as a core objective of US foreign policy.
The state department further added,"We monitor religiously motivated abuses, harassment, and discrimination worldwide, and recommend, develop, and implement policies and programs to address these concerns."