U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher to Temporarily Reside in Lithuania

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LRT News citing Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomėnas reports that the new U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher will temporarily reside in Lithuania as she does not have a visa to travel to Minsk. The United States has reportedly asked the Lithuanian government for accreditation for Ambassador Fisher.  The local medial outlet notes that the US embassy to Lithuania confirmed to BNS that Belarus had not yet issued a visa to Ambassador Fisher, but did not comment on her temporary residence in Vilnius.


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Confirmations: McCarthy to Lithuania, Godec to Kenya

The Senate did their Floor Wrap Up on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  There were no roll call votes but it discharged the Foreign Relations Committee and confirmed the following nominees:

  • PN1928 Deborah Ann McCarthy, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania
  • PN1951 Robert F. Godec, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya

– DS

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Officially In: Deborah Ann McCarthy, from Foggy Bottom to Lithuania



Officially In: Deborah Ann McCarthy, from Foggy Bottom to Lithuania

On September 13, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Deborah Ann McCarthy to be the next Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania. The WH released the following brief bio:

Deborah Ann McCarthy, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.  Previous positions with the Department of State include Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece from 2008 to 2010, Special Coordinator for Venezuelan Affairs from 2006 to 2007, Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism from 2004 to 2006, and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement from 2002 to 2004.  Additional overseas assignments include Consul General in Montreal, Canada (2001 to 2002), Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua (1998 to 2001), and Economic Counselor in Paris, France (1996 to 1998) and Port au Prince, Haiti (1991 to 1993).

Ms. McCarthy received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. and an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.

If confirmed, Mr. McCarthy would succeed career diplomat, Anne E. Derse who was appointed Chief of Mission to the US Embassy in Vilnius in 2009.

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