Senate hears nomination of Guam-raised Yuri Kim to be ambassador to Albania

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Yeong- Sae Kim (St. John’s ‘91) Reena Thadhani (AOLG ‘88), Shanthini Watson (St. Johns ‘98), Effie Sandbloom (AOLG ‘88), Odette D’Aniello (AOLG ‘88), Aspen D’Aniello, Yuri Kim (AOLG ‘89), Lalaine Estella (AOLG ‘89), Sam Song (AOLG ‘88), Ahnika Song Shah, Min Woo Kim , Soner Cagaptay
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The U.S. Senate held a confirmation hearing overnight in Washington D.C. for  Guam-raised Yuri Kim who has been nominated to be the next ambassador to the Republic of Albania.

Kim was born in Korea but moved to Guam when she was 3 years old. She was raised here on island. She is a  graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam.

In her testimony, Kim said, “it is a distinct honor to appear before you today as President Trump’s nominee to be our next ambassador to Albania.”

“If confirmed, I would be the first Korean-American woman to represent our great nation as an ambassador. I would also be our first ambassador from the U.S. territory of Guam.”

Kim told K-57’s Patti Arroyo Wednesday morning that she “wouldn’t have been willing to go there without recognizing where I come from.”

She said, “Albania is an amazing country” that has been a strong friend of the United States.

During her Senate confirmation hearing, Kim was accompanied by members of her family and former school mates from the Academy.

VIEW the Senate confirmation hearing HERE>>> https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/nominations-102919

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