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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Jeffrey Feltman to step down as US Horn of Africa envoy this month

Veteran American diplomat David Satterfield will replace Jeffrey Feltman as the United States’ special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced last week. The statement did not disclose when Feltman will step down from his position but sources told Reuters last week that he will leave this month.

Out: Since being appointed by the Biden administration in April, Feltman has taken charge of the US diplomatic response to a number of crises in the region, including the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia, and the military coup in Sudan in October.

In: Satterfield has more than four decades of diplomatic experience in the Middle East, and has served as the country’s ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan, as well as completing stints in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria and Algeria. He most recently served as the ambassador to Turkey, ending his term in Ankara last week.

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