US Ambassador To Lebanon Is Being Replaced

The American ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, was confirmed to replace the current ambassador Elizabeth Richard at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut after being nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump in 2019.

The nomination of Dorothy Shea of North Carolina was announced back in October, naming her Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Lebanese Republic, replacing Elizabeth Richard.

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احتفلت السفيرة الأميركية إليزابيث ريتشارد بالنجاحات والانجازات التي تحققت ضمن مشروع التنمية الزراعية والأعمال الريفية الذي بلغت كلفته 46 مليون دولار، والذي تم تمويله من قبل الوكالة الأميركية للتنمية الدولية (USAID). وقد أقيم هذا الحدث بحضور 300 شخصا من المسؤولين والشركاء والمستفيدين والمساهمين، حيث تم عرض إنجازات برنامج تنمية القطاعات الانتاجية في لبنان (LIVCD) في قطاعي الأغذية الزراعية والسياحة الريفية خلال السنوات الست الماضية. هذا وقد استطاع 19,000 شخص الاستفادة من هذا البرنامج كما استقطب 27.7 مليون دولار من الاستثمارات الخاصة، وحقق أكثر من 140 مليون دولار من المبيعات بما في ذلك نحو 20 مليون دولار من الصادرات الجديدة. U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard celebrated the successes and achievements of the $46 million agribusiness and rural development project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Held in the presence of 300 officials, partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders, the event showcased the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project’s achievements in the agro food and rural tourism sectors over the past six years. LIVCD reached 19,000 beneficiaries, leveraged $27.7 million in private investment, and generated more than $140 million in sales, including about $20 million in new exports. @usaid #usaid #economicgrowth #development #assistance #partnership #lebanon #lebanonthruuseyes

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Elizabeth Richard, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2016, as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, will leave Beirut at the end of this month while Shea will receive her duties in March.

Dorothy Shea’s tasks as the new US ambassador come within the framework of “developing the interests of the United States in Lebanon and the region.”

She declared to the Senate last December that she will work “with the government and the Lebanese people to rebuild the devastated economy in Lebanon,”  stressing that “the [Lebanese] politicians should adopt real and lasting reforms.” Otherwise, the government cannot succeed, as she pointed out.

According to a statement released by the White House on its website, Dorothy Shea holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a Master’s degree from the National War College.

In addition to her mother tongue, she speaks French and Arabic. She is “a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor,” currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

Throughout her career, she had served as Deputy Principal Officer at the US Consulate General in Jerusalem.

In that capacity, she held the position of Director of the Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and as a Pearson Fellow with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

She also held several positions, among which: The Political/Economic Counselor at the United States Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia; a Political Officer at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel; a Director for Democracy and Human Rights at the National Security Council; a Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for War Crimes Issues in the Department of State.

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