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Man from UP is Obama’s farm envoy for Doha talks
Washington: After waiting for months for the Senate to act, President Barack Obama has announced he would bypass a vacationing senate to make recess appointments of 15 nominees, including an Indian American agricultural scientist as chief agricultural negotiator in trade talks.
Announcing his decision to nominate Indian American Islam Siddiqui, a BS in plant protection from Uttar Pradesh Agricultural University in Pantnagar, India, and 14 others, Obama accused Republicans of holding up nominees for months solely to try to score a political advantage on him. Welcoming Islam Siddiqui, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Siddiqui brings to this office incredible agricultural expertise built over years of work in both government and private sectors.
Speaking on Siddiqui, Kirk said “(he) can be counted on to stand up for American farmers, ranchers, and families in all our negotiations — from the Doha round talks to bilateral discussions.”
Currently serving as a consultant to the USTR, Siddiqui had formerly served as vice president for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America. From 1997 to 2001, Siddiqui served in various capacities in the Clinton Administration at US department of agriculture as under secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programmes and senior trade advisor to secretary Dan Glickman. AGENCIES