Obama nominates new ambassador to Egypt

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated his current ambassador to Iraq to be his new top envoy to Egypt, a post left vacant for nine months now, Xinhua reported.

The White House said the president nominated Stuart Jones, the incumbent ambassador to Jordan, to fill in the vacancy in Iraq left by Robert Stephen Beecroft.

Beecroft, a career diplomat, has been posted in Iraq since 2012. He served as ambassador to Jordan from 2008 to 2011.

Anne Patterson, U.S. last ambassador to Egypt, was nominated as the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in August 2013.

U.S.-Egypt relations have been uneasy for the past few years, and the Obama administration decided to relax a partial suspension of aid recently, imposed after the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power in July last year and started a crackdown on protesters, by delivering 10 Apache attack helicopters and 650 million dollars in aid.

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