CAIRO: A new United States Ambassador was chosen to Egypt after almost nine months passed with the position vacant, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Robert Stephen Beecroft, the news U.S. Ambassador, will fill the position left behind by former Ambassador Anne Patterson.
Patterson was the U.S. Ambassador appointed from August 2011 to August 2013, followed by David M. Satterfield then Marc J. Sievers as Chargés d’Affaires, according to the Embassy website.
The previous Ambassador faced criticism in the Egyptian political field due to her perceived sympathy towards the Muslim Brotherhood and support for their rule, in addition to “interfering in the country’s internal affairs.”
Activists organized protests and stands against her, as part of a campaign entitled “Dismiss Her.”
Appointing a new U.S. Ambassador to Cairo is considered as a sign of improving relations between both countries after tensions mounted following the ouster of Former President Mohamed Morsi last July.
Member in the Egyptian Council of Foreign Affairs, Major General Ahmed Abel Aleem, said in an interview aired on Tahrir channel Thursday, “This step shows that the U.S. is acknowledging the roadmap and the presidential elections.”
He added that the appointment of a new ambassador is evidence of the resumption of ties between both countries on a normal basis.
The appointment of a new ambassador came after a visit by Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to Washington last April, for the first time since Morsi’s ouster, in addition to other diplomatic efforts.
Beecroft was appointed to Iraq on September 22, 2012, and has ample experience in the Middle East, as he worked in Amman, Riyadh, and Damascus.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Badr Abdel Atty, said in a press conference Wednesday that Egypt agreed to the appointment of a new U.S. Ambassador, according to several media reports.