US Embassy Juba Suspends Operations, Now on Ordered Departure for Non-Emergency Staff

— Domani Spero

Today, the State Department suspended normal operation at the US Embassy in Juba and authorized the ordered departure of non-emergency staff from post.  It also issued a new Travel Warning for South Sudan.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately. U.S. citizens who choose to stay in South Sudan despite this warning should review their personal security situation and seriously reconsider their plans to remain. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on October 22, 2013, to reflect the current lack of security and risk of remaining in South Sudan.

On December 17, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from South Sudan because of ongoing political and social unrest. The Embassy is also suspending normal operations until further notice and cannot provide routine consular services to U.S. citizens in South Sudan.

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@USMissionJuba on Twitter says that U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance should contact us: +211-955-456-050 or SouthSudanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

It also tells social media followers that the embassy “will provide information on evacuation options in the morning. We do not have further details on such options at this moment.” And advises that “Until we have been able to communicate evacuation options, please remain indoors, respect the curfew, and monitor us for updates.”

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Presentation of Credentials: American Ambassadors to Manila, Santo Domingo, London

— Domani Spero

U.S. Embassy Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg presented his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, December 2 at the Malacañan Palace. (photo via US Embassy Manila/FB)

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg presented his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Malacañan Palace. (photo via US Embassy Manila/FB). More photos here.

U.S. Embassy Dominican Republic

Ambassador Wally Brewster during his presentation of credentials to Presidente Danilo Medina at Palacio Nacional Dominicano on December 9, 2013. (photo via US Embassy DR/FB) More photos here.

Ambassador Wally Brewster during his presentation of credentials to President Danilo Medina at Palacio Nacional Dominicano on December 9, 2013.
(photo via US Embassy DR/FB) More photos here.

U.S. Embassy United Kingdom

Photo via US Embassy London/Flickr

Ambassador and Mrs. Barzun with Jacques, Eleanor, and Charles after the Credentialing Ceremony on November 27, 2013
Photo via US Embassy London/Flickr
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Click here for the photo with the Queen  via The British Monarchy/Flickr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Confirms Former Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson for the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau

— Domani Spero

Late afternoon on December 16, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #406, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs).  She was confirmed by 78-16 votes.

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), currently headed by Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones, deals with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. diplomatic relations with AlgeriaBahrainEgyptIranIraqIsraelJordan,KuwaitLebanonLibyaMoroccoOmanPalestinian Territories,QatarSaudi ArabiaSyriaTunisiaUnited Arab Emirates, andYemen. Regional policy issues that NEA handles include Iraq, Middle East peace, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, and political and economic reform.

The former Deputy State IG, and former ambassador to Egypt (also to El Salvador and Colombia) will now be in charge of that whole region.

Ambassador Patterson  will take over a bureau that this past summer, sacrificed one of it’s DASes in the Benghazi fallout.   She succeeds Jeffrey Feltman whose NEA bureau back in 2011 gets high marks despite the workload and chaos.  See Near Eastern Affairs Bureau in Action Gets High Marks: Outstanding Job, High Morale Amidst Intense Workload and Regional Chaos.  Ambassador Feltman left in May 2012 for the Political Affairs position in the UN.

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