Deborah K. Jones US President's choice to replace Chris Stevens as ambassador to Libya
United States President Barack Obama has nominated a woman, longtime diplomat Deborah K. Jones as new ambassador to Libya to fill the post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in the September 11 Benghazi attack.
The decision signals the United States' commitment to Libya as it undergoes a perilous transition from over four decades of dictatorship under Muammar Gaddafi
The announcement came as Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting Libyan Prime Minister Dr Ali Zidan, and two days after the six-month anniversary of the storming of the US diplomatic mission in the eastern Libyan city.
Kerry thanked the Libyan government for its cooperation after the Benghazi attack and insisted that "those who killed Americans in Benghazi will be brought to justice."
Deborah K. Jones is a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait from 2008 to 2011. Before that she held consulate and embassy posts in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, and the now-shuttered U.S. Embassy in Syria. She is also scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington.
At the White House, Dr Zidan also met with President Obama and his national security adviser, Tom Donilon.
Obama also announced Wednesday his intention to nominate James Knight as ambassador to Chad.
In a White House news release, President Obama said: “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”