Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SFRC Hearings: Jeffrey, Connelly, Feierstein, Ricciardone

Hearings today at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the executive nominations of the following career diplomats:

Presiding: Senator Kerry
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Time: 02:30 PM
Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Panel 1

      James Franklin Jeffrey, of Virginia
      to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq

Panel 2

      Maura Connelly, of New Jersey
      to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon
      Gerald M. Feierstein, of Pennsylvania
      of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
      The Honorable Francis Joseph Ricciardone Jr., of Massachusetts
      to be Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey

Video of the hearings (livestream) and prepared statements are usually posted here as soon as they are available.

Except this time, Josh Rogin of The Cable actually has Ambassador Ricciardone's prepared statement here  before it is available online at the SFRC. Read Josh's write up here.

Some of the things Ambassador Ricciardone will say today:

"Through more than three decades I have observed Turkey's continuing transformation into a more democratic, more open, and more economically vibrant, modern state and a player with growing influence on the world stage."

"Turkey and Israel are both important partners of the United States."

"Led by this committee, the Senate has formally recognized the importance of public diplomacy. Increasing contacts and communications between Americans and Turks must be a primary means of advancing our interests on all issues we face today. If confirmed for this post, I pledge that all members of U.S. Mission Turkey will warmly welcome the advice and support of the American people, both through our elected representatives and through direct and continuous contact and communication. In particular, I would pledge the highest standards of service to the American community and American travelers, whether for business or any purpose."

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