On April 12, the WH announced President Trump’s intent to nominate senior career diplomat Jonathan R. Cohen of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt. The WH released the following brief bio:
Jonathan Cohen, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Acting United States Representative to the United Nations and Acting United States Representative to the United Nations Security Council. He was the Deputy United States Representative from June 2018 to December 2018 and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2016 to 2018. His other assignments included service as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus. Mr. Cohen earned his A.B. at Princeton University. He was the recipient of the United States Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence. He speaks French, Swedish, and Italian.
If confirmed, Ambassador Cohen would succeed career diplomat Robert Stephen Beecroft (1957–) who served as Embassy Cairo’s chief of mission from 2015 – 2017. Yes, it’s been that long since there was a Senate-confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
The current Chargé d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger has been CDA in Egypt since June 2017.
Ambassador Jonathan Cohen on Afghanistan elections: “There must be voter registration that is as accurate and transparent as possible—ensuring that women have the opportunity to participate and have their voices heard.” pic.twitter.com/Owi8E5jyvR
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