New US Ambassador takes office

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Patricia Haslach, United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, presented her credentials to President Girma Woldegoirgis on September 25 at a ceremony held at the National Palace.

Haslach was sworn in as US Ambassador to Ethiopia on 08/14/2013. Haslach previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s newest bureau, the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Prior to this, she was the State Department’s Coordinator for Iraq Transition in the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating all Washington-based State Department aspects of the US transition from military to civilian operations, culminating with the withdrawal of US combat troops at the end of December 2011.
Ambassador Haslach has received numerous awards during her career, including a Superior Honor Award for Afghanistan reconstruction in 2004, The Director General’s Award for Impact and Originality in Reporting in 2002, The Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance in 2002, and the Sinclaire Language Award for distinguished study of a hard language and its associated culture in 1998.
A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Haslach earned her BA from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and her Masters in International Affairs and Certificate from the Institute on Western Europe, from Columbia University in New York.
(Walta Information Center)