November 23, 2020

Tony Blinken, courtly guitar aficionado with interventionist streak

Washington (AFP) – Courteous and refined and with a side passion for rock guitar, Antony Blinken, named Monday to be US secretary of state, embodies the role of a diplomat both in image and mission coupled with a deep-rooted passion for human rights.A longtime aide to President-elect Joe Biden, Blinken is a fluent French speaker and devoted believer in international cooperation who has vowed to work to repair US alliances badly frayed by Donald Trump’s in-your-face approach.With an elegant mane of salt-and-pepper hair, the 58-year-old Blinken — who goes by “Tony” — could scarcely be more dif…


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