US President Barack Obama nominated his special envoy for Middle East, David Hale, as the next US ambassador to Lebanon, as part of a shake-up of the administration’s regional team.
Hale took over the Middle East post after veteran George Mitchell left in May 2011, disheartened by a lack of progress in the so-called Middle East peace talks.
It was not immediately clear who would be named to replace him, with US Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in intensive diplomacy to try to bring the revive the negotiating table between Palestinians and the Zionist entity.The news came as Kerry left Friday on a 12-day trip which will see him crisscross the Middle East, visiting both Jordan and the Zionist entity for talks with senior leaders on the so-called peace process and Syria.
A veteran diplomat, Hale has served in embassies all over the Middle East including in Jordan, where he was ambassador from 2005 to 2008, having moved up from charge d’affaires and deputy chief of mission.
Hale joined the Foreign Service in 1984, and also spent two tours of duty in Lebanon from 1992 to 1994, and then again from 1998 to 2001. His nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate.