Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 31, 2011

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Mary C. Yates will serve as interim Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, beginning on September 1, 2011. Ambassador Yates most recently served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the White House National Security Staff.

The United States is committed to the development of two viable states in Sudan and South Sudan. Ambassador Yates strengthens the team working with U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman, and she will focus on the United States’ priority goals of ending the conflict in Darfur and Southern Kordofan and resolving outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan.

Ambassador Yates is one of America’s most distinguished diplomats. She has served as Ambassador to Ghana and, prior to that, as Ambassador to Burundi, where she led U.S. involvement in the peace process and supporting Burundi’s transition from civil war to peace. She has served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, both at the U.S. Embassy and in eastern Congo in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. As the former Deputy Commander for Civil Military Affairs at AFRICOM, she worked to establish key security relationships with numerous African countries, the African Union, and regional organizations.

PRN: 2011/1395