Secretary of State John Kerry has designated Ambassador David M. Satterfield to serve temporarily as Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo upon today’s departure of Ambassador Anne Patterson, who has completed her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt. Ambassador Patterson has worked tirelessly for the past two years on behalf of President Obama and the American people to support U.S.-Egyptian relations and the democratic transition the Egyptian people desire. We are extremely appreciative for her outstanding service to our nation. Ambassador Patterson is returning to Washington in connection with her nomination as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
Ambassador Satterfield has taken a leave of absence from his position as Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula. His appointment is temporary and Ambassador Satterfield will return to the MFO later this year. Ambassador Satterfield is an experienced and respected diplomat with over 30 years of experience on the Middle East. His experience makes him the ideal diplomat to assume the important role of Chargé d'Affaires in Egypt.