News2019.12.20 14:00

US Senate confirms new ambassador to Lithuania

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS 2019.12.20 14:00

The United States Senate has approved the appointment of Robert Gilchrist, an openly gay diplomat, as Washington's new ambassador to Lithuania.

The diplomat himself announced the news on Twitter on Friday, saying that he hoped to assume his new position soon.

“A truly great honour. After swearing in, I hope to arrive at post in late January,” he tweeted.

Gilchrist will replace outgoing Ambassador Anne Hall who has served in the position since 2016.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius congratulated the diplomat on Friday and said he was looking forward to meeting him and “working together in strengthening strategic relations”.

Gilchrist previously served as deputy ambassador in Sweden and Estonia, led the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and worked at the US Embassies in Iraq and Romania. He has served as the Director of the Operations Center of the US Department of State since 2016.

The US diplomat speaks Spanish, French, Estonian and Romanian.

Gilchrist is openly gay and took part in the Baltic Pride march in Estonia in 2011.

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