November 26, 2022

U.S. appoints Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson as Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to tackle lingering crisis in Tigray

Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 09:25 am

The United States government on Monday announced that Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, will serve as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, at the Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali address the media briefing at the conclusion of the Official Visit by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. January 12

Ambassador Geeta Pasi plans to retire to pursue other opportunities.

“Distinguished by her previous assignments, including as Ambassador to Kosovo, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Ambassador Jacobson will lead U.S. engagement in Ethiopia,” the State Department said.

It added that the Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken selected Ambassador Jacobson “to continue the work undertaken by Ambassador Pasi to press for an immediate cessation of hostilities, an end to ongoing human rights abuses and violations, unhindered humanitarian access, and a negotiated resolution to the conflict in Ethiopia.”

“The Department of State expresses its great appreciation to Ambassador Pasi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, for her distinguished public service in advancing the values and interests of the United States around the globe, a career marked by three ambassadorial assignments and senior State Department leadership positions in Washington, D.C.  We are particularly grateful for her stewardship of Embassy Addis Ababa during an exceptionally complex period,” the State Department added.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participates in an oceans plastics event, in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 18, 2021. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/

Earlier this month, Ambassador David Satterfield was named as the new United States Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa to tackle the lingering crises in Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and elsewhere. He replaced Jeffrey Feltman who was appointed in early 2021.

David Satterfield

“When we asked Ambassador Feltman to take on this role in early 2021, we had intended his appointment to be for less than a year. However, the ongoing instability in the Horn of Africa and the region’s interlinked political, security, and humanitarian challenges demand sustained focus by the United States,” Secretary of State Anto J. Blinken wrote in a statement on January 6. “Ambassador Satterfield’s decades of diplomatic experience and work amidst some of the world’s most challenging conflicts will be instrumental in our continued effort to promote a peaceful and prosperous Horn of Africa and to advance U.S. interests in this strategic region.”

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