On Monday, the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approved the nomination of Anthony Blinken as the new Secretary of State in President Joe Biden’s administration.
Fifteen members of the committee voted in favor of Blinken, while only 3 members opposed his appointment.
The Senate is expected to vote in its entirety on the appointment of Blinken as secretary of state this week.
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez hoped that Blinken’s appointment would be approved on Tuesday. “The world is burning now and crises are pressing in every region and every hemisphere,” he said.
Blinken’s appointment in the Senate is expected to pass easily, as he is now under Democratic control.
Blinken was the second most senior State Department official under Barack Obama.
The former Director of the Foreign Service Institute, Daniel Smith, is currently serving as Secretary of State.