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Satterfield confirmed as new US ambassador to Turkey

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The US Embassy in Ankara announced on Twitter on Friday that the US Senate has confirmed David Satterfield to serve as the next US ambassador to Turkey.

“We have exciting news! Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador David Satterfield to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. We look forward to welcoming him in the near future. Stay tuned!” the embassy tweeted on Friday.

Satterfield is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has been acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs since 2017.

Satterfield also served at top posts at US missions in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon. John Bass was the last serving American ambassador to Ankara, from 2014 to 2017.

Bass, who is currently US ambassador to Afghanistan, left Turkey in October 2017 amid a visa crisis between Washington and Ankara. The post has been empty since.

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