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Bye, Manila! US envoy to PH Sung Kim set for reassignment to Indonesia

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United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim will be leaving Manila soon to take on a new assignment in Indonesia.

A White House statement dated July 10 announced US President Donald Trump’s plan to transfer Kim to a new posting.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Sung Y. Kim of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Indonesia,” the statement read.

The White House, however, has yet to name who will replace Kim as US Ambassador to the Philippines.

The announcement of Kim’s imminent posting to Indonesia comes at the heels of Politiko’s report that US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Mina Chang would be Washington’s new top diplomat in the Philippines.

The US Embassy in Manila has denied Chang’s appointment as ambassador.

In what could be viewed as a farewell meeting, Kim posted a tweet Thursday (July 11) showing him together with Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez.

“Wonderful to catch up with my friend and counterpart Ambassador Babe Romualdez who is back in Manila for important meetings this month,” Kim tweeted.

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