Joey Hood is set to become the next US ambassador to Tunisia, former and current US officials told Al Arabiya English.
US President Joe Biden is expected to announce his intention to nominate Hood before sending the nomination to Capitol Hill for Senate confirmation.
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Hood, a veteran US diplomat, was most recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. His term ended on April 15, according to the State Department website.
He will have his work cut out for him as Tunisian President Kais Saied has continued to make moves seen as a blow to the country’s democracy movement since the 2011 revolution.
The State Department referred questions about Hood’s appointment to the White House. Al Arabiya English has contacted the White House for comment.
If confirmed, Hood will replace Donald Blome, who will be the next US ambassador to Pakistan.
Hood made several visits to Tunisia in the past year, where he reiterated US support for Tunisia’s advancement in its “democratic, economic and security goals.”
Much of Hood’s diplomatic career was in the Middle East, including Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He also previously served as the Acting Director of the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs.
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