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Azerbaijan America Alliance Supports the Confirmation of Richard Morningstar as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan

June 05, 2012

On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ambassador Richard Morningstar as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, subject to Senate confirmation.

Ambassador Morningstar brings with him a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked in the region for almost 20 years. Morningstar has previously represented the United States in the following roles:

  • Ambassador and Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Assistance for the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (1995-1998)
  • U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (1999-2001)
  • U.S. Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy (2009-2012)

As a nominee, Morningstar is an uncontroversial choice – an experienced State Department official who has served in the region under three consecutive presidential administrations. Popular in both Azerbaijan and the United States, he displays an even-handed diplomacy towards the region which has drawn praise from Republicans and Democrats, alike.

Most significantly, confirming a distinguished State Department official such as Morningstar sends a clear signal to Azerbaijan that the United States regards this relationship as a priority. At a time when strong relations with Azerbaijan are increasingly important to securing the interests of the United States, Israel and our European allies – it is vital that we send this message.

The Senate has confirmed Ambassador Morningstar to the rank of U.S. Ambassador on two previous occasions. Given his strong credentials as a nominee and the importance of the position, we respectfully ask that they confirm him as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan as quickly as possible.

Ask your Senators to Confirm Richard Morningstar as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan

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