United States diplomat Jeffrey Feltman was on Friday named a special envoy for the Horn of Africa.
TOS News gathered it is a move by Washington to step up diplomatic efforts in Ethiopia’s Tigray region battling humanitarian crisis.
U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in a statement said, Feltman would also lead international efforts to address tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan and around the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
After serving in senior roles at the State Department, Feltman was U.N. Political Affairs Chief from 2012 to 2018. He visited North Korea in 2017, the highest-level U.N. official to visit since 2011.
Before working at the United Nations, he was the Assistant Secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs during the Obama administration. Prior to that time, he had served as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority’s office in the Irbil province of Iraq and as a Senior Official at the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem.