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New US Ambassador in Cairo after Post Left Vacant for 2 Years

New US Ambassador in Cairo after Post Left Vacant for 2 Years

Monday, 18 November, 2019 - 06:15
A general view of buildings by the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt July 2, 2019. Reuters
Cairo - Mohamed Nabil Helmy

The new US Ambassador to Cairo, Jonathan Cohen, has presented his credentials at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two years after the post was left vacant, the US embassy announced on Sunday.

His position had been vacant since July 2017 after former ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft completed his three-year assignment.

Cohen was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt on November 14. From January 1 until September 10 he served as the Acting Representative of the United States to the United Nations and before that and since, as Deputy Representative to the United Nations.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs covering Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, and as Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Iraq. He was Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in France and prior to that, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs there.

Cohen also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Cyprus and as Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at the US Embassy in Italy.

Earlier in his career he was the USAID Coordinator and Economic Officer for the West Bank.

The diplomat speaks French, Swedish and Italian, some Hebrew and is working on his Arabic.

Egyptian-American ties have improved in the past years with meetings held between Presidents Donald Trump and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi following Washington's decision in July 2018 to unfreeze $195 million in military aid to Egypt.

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