President Obama has tapped two experienced diplomats to represent him in Khartoum and Juba. Mary Carlin Yates, who has served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Burundi, and as deputy commander at Africom, has left post as senior Africa advisor at the White House to become interim U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, the chief U.S. diplomat, in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Susan D. Page, who helped to negotiate Sudan's 2005 peace accord, has been nominated as the first U.S. ambassador to newly independent South Sudan. She is a Harvard-trained attorney Page who has worked on east and southern Africa at the National Democratic Institute and served in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), assisting with implementation of the 2005 agreement.
Credit: USAID Juba
The U.S. consulate general in Juba was transformed into the U.S. embassy on July 9, 2011 by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, along with (from left) Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Ambassador Barrie Walkley, the Consul General.
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Sudan Special Envoy Princeton Lyman, pictured briefing President Obama in April, has earned wide respect during his career while serving as ambassador in Nigeria and South Africa and assistant secretary of State for international organizations.
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