Biden’s UN ambassador nominee confirmed by Senate

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Feb 23, 2021

US President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations was authorised by the US Senate on Tuesday.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield shall be Biden’s first ambassador to the UN. Richard Mills has served as performing everlasting consultant whereas Thomas-Greenfield was awaiting affirmation. She was confirmed by a 78-20 vote.

Thomas-Greenfield outlined her imaginative and prescient for Middle East coverage throughout her affirmation hearings. She mentioned she would work to return Iran to compliance with the nuclear settlement and strengthen the Abraham Accords agreements between Israel and Arab states. The lopsided vote tally signifies a number of Republicans, together with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, voted in her favor within the Democratic-controlled Senate. Some Republicans who voted to verify, together with rating member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jim Risch of Idaho, mentioned they supported Thomas-Greenfield despite variations on Iran.

Much of the Republican opposition to Thomas-Greenfield targeted on China. Some Republican senators perceived her to be too deferential towards Beijing, principally primarily based on a speech she gave on the Chinese state-owned Confucius Institute in 2019. Thomas-Greenfield praised China’s improvement insurance policies in Africa within the speech with out mentioning human rights issues related to the People’s Republic on the continent. She later apologized for her remarks.