The White House (Washington, DC)

11 June 2009

Tunisia: Gordon Gray, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia

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Washington, DC — Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Gordon Gray as Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Gordon Gray served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq from June 2008 until May 2009.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Gray joined the Foreign Service in 1982.

Prior to his assignment in Iraq, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2005 to 2008; his responsibilities included the promotion of U.S. interests in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, and oversight of the Bureau’s Regional Affairs office.   Mr. Gray was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt from 2002 until 2005.

His other foreign assignments include Morocco (where he began his career in government as a Peace Corps volunteer), Pakistan, Jordan, and Canada.

Mr. Gray served in Washington as the director of the office of Arabian Peninsula affairs, the office of peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, and the counterterrorism regional affairs office.

Mr. Gray holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from Columbia University.

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