Sept. 10, 2018: Donald Lu was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Lu, of California, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service, and he has worked as a diplomat since 1991. He is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Albania, a position that he has held since 2014. Lu has also worked at the U.S. Department of State as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy New Delhi, India, from 2010 to 2013; as the Charge d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2009 and 2010; as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2007 to 2009; and as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, from 2003 to 2006. Lu received an M.A. and a B.A. from Princeton University. Lu speaks and reads Albanian, Russian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, West African Krio, Hindi and Urdu.