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Washington • President Barack Obama nominated a Utah native with a lengthy diplomatic résumé on Monday to be the next ambassador of Kuwait.

Matthew H. Tueller currently serves as the deputy chief in the embassy in Cairo. He went to Brigham Young University in the mid-1970s and studied political science, then got a master's of public policy from Harvard. After school, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father, Blaine Tueller, and become a U.S. diplomat.

Matthew Tueller joined the State Department in 1985 and has held posts in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan and England.

Obama sent Tueller's nomination to the Senate as part of a group of presidential selections, saying: "I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Matt Canham

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