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Biden names first Muslim Religious Freedom Ambassador

Rashad Hussain, file photo. (AMER HILABI/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 12:46 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021

Joe Biden has nominated Rashad Hussain as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. This makes Hussain the first Muslim to be nominated to the position.

In a statement on Friday, Biden announced his intent to nominate and appoint leaders to serve in key religious affairs roles, which include Hussain. The 41-year-old reportedly served under the Obama administration from 2010 to 2015 and is currently the director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council.

Hussain will replace Sam Brownback, who held the position from 2018 to 2021.

Congratulations Rashad Hussain on your nomination as @IRF_Ambassador! If confirmed, we look forward to supporting you! https://t.co/RrDyoIFCip

— Office of International Religious Freedom (@StateIRF) July 30, 2021

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