July 12, 2017 - US President Donald J. Trump has picked a new Ambassador to Ethiopia, America’s strong anti-terrorism ally in the restive region of East Africa. The new Ambassador, Michael A. Raynor, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as an American diplomat since 1988. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources of the Department of State.
Raynor has had many foreign placements, including service as general services officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, and consular officer at the Embassy in Luxembourg. He also served as management officer at the embassies in Djibouti, Guinea and Namibia.
He has a B.A. degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College, graduating in 1984, and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, graduating in 1986. The nomination was welcomed by the Senate on May 25 and is awaiting approval in the Committee on Foreign Relations. He will replace the outgoing Ambassador, Patricia M. Haslach.
The United States first established diplomatic relations with Ethiopia in 1903, and has maintained them ever since, despite changing forms of government. The diplomatic relationship between Ethiopia and the United States is important, complex and focused on four broad goals: (1) protecting American citizens, (2) strengthening democratic institutions and expanding human rights, (3) spurring broad-based economic growth and promoting development, and (4) advancing regional peace and security, the Us state government website reads.
Source: Addis Fortune