The Netherlands poised to get US ambassador after 2.5 years

The US senate is on Tuesday expected to vote in favour of naming Timothy Broas as ambassador to the Netherlands, Nos television reports.

The Netherlands has been without a Dutch ambassador for 2.5 years but the Americans are keen to have an ambassador in place before next month’s nuclear security summit in The Hague, Nos says.

Broas should have been named in 2012 but he withdrew after he was caught drunk-driving. A lawyer by profession, Broas managed to escape prosecution, clearing the way for his nomination a second time.

The senate needs to vote in favour of the nomination before Broas officially has the job. Strong ties

Broas, a partner in law firm Winston & Strawn, collected more than $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 campaign from family members, colleagues and other wealthy associates, the Washington Post said in April 2012, when his candidacy was announced.

The US has not had an ambassador in the Netherlands since Fay Hartog Levin left in September 2011.

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