Obama names new envoy to Turkey

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Francis Joseph Ricciardone for Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey on Thursday.

Obama names new envoy to Turkey

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Francis Joseph Ricciardone for Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey on Thursday.

Ricciardone needs the approval of the U.S. Senate in order to begin serving in Ankara as the new U.S. Ambassador. If approved, he will replace James Jeffrey in Ankara.

Francis Joseph Ricciardone, Jr., of Massachusetts, is a Career Minister in the Foreign Service. He has served since 2009 as Deputy Ambassador and Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also served as Ambassador to Egypt until 2008, and Ambassador to the Philippines and concurrently to Palau. Ambassador Ricciardone began his career in Ankara and Adana, Turkey. He served twice again in Turkey: as political advisor to the U.S. and Turkish commanders of Operation Provide Comfort at Incirlik Air Force Base, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires. He led the transition to an organization of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in 2004, and the Department of State's Task Force in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He served as former Secretary Albright's Special Representative for the Transition of Iraq from 1999-2001. Ricciardone graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973.


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