President Joe Biden to appoint new ambassador to Somalia

President Joe Biden announced that he had nominated Larry Edward André Jr as the Ambassador to Somalia on Thursday,

He is a former Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

The ambassadorial nominee has also served as Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, and as Deputy Executive Director in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, and was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

André joined the Foreign Service in 1990 with early postings in Nigeria and Cameroon. He later served as a management officer at the embassy in Conakry, Guinea, from 1998 to 2000.

He earned an MBA from Arizona State University/American Graduate School of International Management and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

He is the recipient of numerous State Department Awards, including the Director General Award for Reporting, and was recently recognized by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the Joint Distinguished Civilian Award. He speaks French fluently.

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