US Senate approves candidacy of new ambassador to Azerbaijan

Baku: The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the candidacy of Robert Cekuta as the new ambassador to Azerbaijan, the US Embassy in Azerbaijan wrote in its Facebook page, APA report.

President Barack Obama nominated the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the country’s energy issues Robert Francis Cekuta for the post of ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Cekuta’s recent overseas assignments include Tokyo (2007 – 2009) and Berlin (2003 – 2007) where he led the US government’s participation in the full range of economic issues.

Cekuta’s activity as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the US embassy in Germany covered counter-terrorism activities and efforts to combat international crime. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Food Security in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and as the Senior Deputy Coordinating Director for Economic and Development Affairs at the US embassy in Kabul.

His activity as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. embassy in Germany covered counter-terrorism activities and efforts to combat international crime.

Cekuta received a B.S. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an M.A. from the National Defense University.

SOURCE: AZERI PRESS NEWS AGENCY