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New US ambassador to Turkey arrives in Ankara

New US ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield is seen during his arrival at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey on 10 July 2019. [Evrim Aydın - Anadolu Agency]
New US ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield is seen during his arrival at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey on 10 July 2019. [Evrim Aydın - Anadolu Agency]

The newly appointed US Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, arrived in Ankara on Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

“We’re pleased to announce that US Ambassador-Designate to Turkey, David M. Satterfield, arrived in Ankara today. Welcome to Turkey!” the US Embassy in Ankara said on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump announced Satterfield’s candidacy on February, 16. The US Senate designated him on June 28.

Born in 1954, Satterfield stands out as a senior career diplomat of the US.

Earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1976, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs since 2017.

During the presidential term of Barack Obama, Satterfield served as Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers in Rome from 2009 to 2013 and 2014 to 2017.

In 2014, Satterfield was appointed as Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Libya, based in Tripoli.

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During George W. Bush’s presidency, Satterfield was the Coordinator for Iraq and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2006 to 2009.

He also assumed top posts at U.S. missions in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon.

Apart from English, the ambassador is fluent in Arabic, French, Italian and Hebrew.

John Bass was the last serving American ambassador to Ankara in 2014-2017.

Bass, who now serves as new US envoy to Afghanistan, left Turkey in October 2017 amid a visa crisis between Washington and Ankara. The post has since been vacant.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and the US were established in 1927 after the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

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