May 18, 2022

US appoints David Satterfield Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa

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United States has appointed David Satterfield as its Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Satterfield will replace Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, who has stepped down from the position.
He added that Satterfield’s experience will help promote a peaceful and prosperous region as well as the US interests in the Horn of Africa.
“Ambassador Satterfield’s decades of diplomatic experience and work amidst some of the world’s most challenging conflicts will be instrumental in our continued effort to promote a peaceful and prosperous Horn of Africa and to advance U.S. interests in this strategic region,” Blinken said in a statement.
Feltman appreciated the appointment.
“I am deeply appreciative to Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman for his tireless efforts to promote peace and prosperity in the Horn of Africa and am delighted to welcome Ambassador David Satterfield to succeed him in the position of Special Envoy,” he said.
He added that Feltman will serve one year, however, his term might be extended, depending on the region’s situation.
“The ongoing instability in the Horn of Africa and the region’s interlinked political, security, and humanitarian challenges demand sustained focus by the United States,” Blinken said.
Feltman will also continue serving the State Department in an advisory capacity.
He will work closely with Blinken and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee.

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