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US confirms new ambassador to Azerbaijan (UPDATE)

Politics Materials 17 December 2014 14:11 (UTC +04:00)
The US has confirmed its ambassador to Azerbaijan, according to the Twitter page of the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick

Details added (first version posted on 13:31)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17

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The US has confirmed its ambassador to Azerbaijan, according to the Twitter page of the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick.

In his tweet Warlick also congratulated the new ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Earlier, the US President Barack Obama nominated the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Energy Resources of the Department of State, Robert Francis Cekuta for the post of ambassador to Azerbaijan, and afterwards his candidacy was approved by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Cekuta's recent overseas assignments include Tokyo (2007 - 2009) and Berlin (2003 - 2007), where he led the US government's participation in the full range of economic issues.

Cekuta's activity as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US embassy in Germany covered counter-terrorism activities and efforts to combat international crime. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Food Security in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and as the Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Economic and Development Affairs at the US embassy in Kabul.

Moreover, Cekuta served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the US Trade Representative from 1999 to 2000. He was also a Special Negotiator for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in 2002.

Cekuta received a BS from Georgetown University, an MA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MA from the National Defense University.

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