New York (Halbeeg News) -The United States Senate has approved a career diplomat with extensive experience in the Horn to be new U.S. ambassador to Somalia 3 months after he was proposed U.S. mission in Somalia.
Donald Yamamoto, a former US ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti was nominated in July this year to Mr. Stephen Michael Schwartz who has been serving the office since July 2016.
Mr. Yamamoto who will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Somalia was confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote, according to a statement dated 11th of October.
Last August, the Senate grilled Mr. Yamamoto over his performance in the previous appointments
Mr. Yamamoto, 64, previously served as the senior US diplomat for Somalia and Eritrea.
He also worked in an acting capacity as head of the State Department’s Africa bureau during the first Obama administration.
The United States which maintains a non-resident diplomatic mission in Nairobi for Somalia had restored its diplomatic mission in Somalia in 2014 for the first time since the “Black Hawk Down” incident 25 years ago.