ADDIS ABABA – The outgoing United States ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, will replace Jeffrey Feltman as a U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Reuters news agency reported today.
The media reports came a day after Washington announced Feltman will head to Ethiopia on Thursday to meet “with senior government officials to discuss prospects for peace talks”.
“Feltman will step down from his post this month after more than nine months in the job, and David Satterfield, will take up the role,” UK-based Reuters news agency reported today.
Feltman assumed the post in April with an intention to serve for less than a year, Reuters quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying.
Satterfield, a veteran of the U.S. diplomat, has had a challenging post as U.S. ambassador in Turkey – a position he held since June 2019.
His diplomatic role was mostly focused on the Middle East Region. Prior to Ankara, Satterfield served as the Charge D’Affairs to Egypt.
He also served in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Tunisia and Syria, among others, and worked twice as the top U.S. diplomat at the State Department for Middle East affairs in an acting capacity.
Featured Image Caption: The US official Jeffrey Feltman, seen above in a file photo dated back to March 1, 2012 in Washington, is expected to visit Addis Ababa on Thursday. [Photo File/AFP/Getty Images]