The U.S. ambassador to Uzbekistan, George Krol, has been tabbed by President Barack Obama to be the new American envoy to Kazakhstan.
Krol will replace Kenneth Fairfax, whose three-year term as ambassador in Astana ended in October.
Krol, who speaks Russian, has been the U.S. ambassador in Tashkent since 2011.
He had previously served as Washington's envoy in Belarus from 2003-06.
Krol's nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
No replacement has yet been chosen for Krol.
Based on the U.S. State Department website and reporting by AP