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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Candidacy of New Ambassador to Azerbaijan

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the candidacy of Robert Cekuta as the new ambassador to Azerbaijan.

President Barack Obama nominated the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the country's energy issues Robert Francis Cekuta for the post of ambassador to Azerbaijan.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. embassy in Kabul.

Moreover, Cekuta served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. 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 B.S. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an M.A. from the National Defense University.

"We are pleased that the Committee approved the candidacy of the new ambassador to Azerbaijan," the U.S. embassy in Baku said. "We look forward to seeing his candidacy approved by the Sentate as well."

The post of the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan is vacant. Former Ambassador Richard Morningstar returned to the United States after ending his term of office.

Source: Trend

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