U.S. appoints new ambassador to Turkey

Former Georgia ambassador John Bass will replace Francis Ricciardone in July.

U.S. appoints new ambassador to Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

As the U.S. begins a reshuffling of its ambassadors, the Obama administration has revealed the new envoy to be based in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Outgoing ambassador Francis Ricciardone is set to be replaced with the former ambassador to Georgia, John Bass, in July, U.S. officials told the Back Channel.

Bass served as the envoy to Georgia from October 1, 2009 to July 2012. Before that, he was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, led the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team from 2008-2009.

From 2005-2008, Bass also served as Director of the State Department Operations Center as well as a special advisor to Vice President Cheney in 2004. He also worked at the U.S. embassy in Rome for two years between 2002 and 2004.

The New Yorker and former newspaper editor, who has been working in foreign affairs since 1988, is fluent in Italian and French.

Ricciardone welcomed the appointment of his successor at the 33rd American-Turkish Council meeting in Washington, where he pointed out that American-Turkish relations had never before been so important.

Bass will start in his new position once the Senate approves of his appointment.

Last Mod: 04 Haziran 2014, 12:48
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