Newly appointed U.S. ambassador prepares to come to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 3 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
Newly appointed U.S. ambassador prepares to come to Azerbaijan, U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Azerbaijan Adam Sterling told reporters on Tuesday.
"The candidacy of Ambassador Richard Morningstar was approved by the Senate on Friday. He is now preparing to come to Baku," Sterling said. "The exact date of his arrival is not clear yet and he now needs to decide when he is ready to come."
In April U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Richard L. Morningstar to be the next ambassador to Baku.
The United States has not had an ambassador in Baku since the departure of Matthew J. Bryza in December 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama appointed a career diplomat, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Bryza as ambassador to Azerbaijan bypassing the Senate on Dec.29, 2010, which a few months blocked his nomination under pressure of pro-Armenian senators Barbara Boxer and Robert Menendez.