The several nominees for various U.S. ambassadorial posts were on Thursday taken to task over their performance in their previous appointments, as Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee got the vetting of the officials underway.
Among those nominees appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were newly proposed U.S. ambassadors to Somalia, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Bangladesh and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food & Agriculture.
Members of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee reviewed the achievements of the nominees while in office in relation to the task awaiting them if confirmed.
The nominees who appeared before the committee were also asked to illustrate the role they could play in the ambassadorial posts.
Donald Yamamoto who is a career diplomat with extensive experience in the Horn was last month appointed to be new U.S. ambassador to Somalia.
Mr. Yamamoto, 64, previously served as the senior US diplomat for Somalia and Eritrea.
He also worked in an acting capacity as head of the State Department’s Africa bureau during the first Obama administration
If approved, Mr. Yamamoto will replace Mr. Stephen Michael Schwartz who has been serving the office since July 2016.
The United States maintains a non-resident diplomatic mission in Nairobi for Somalia.