The new US ambassador to Serbia will be Anthony Godfrey of Virginia, TV N1 reported on Wednesday, citing the report of the Voice of America.
Godfrey is a career diplomat with almost 40 years of experience in the US Navy and the country’s foreign affairs and is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Godfrey worked in the Office of Iraq Affairs in the Department of State’s Near East Affairs Bureau and was Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
According to information on the State Department official site, he also served in the US Embassies in Zagreb, Dublin, and Minsk as well as Deputy Head of the OSCE Assistance Group in Chechnya.
He is a California University graduate; he speaks Russian, Turkish, Serbian and Croatian languages and is the father of three.
Pro-regime TV Pink reported on Wednesday that “the appointment of new ambassadors of Russia and the US to Serbia, both of whom are well-acquainted with local circumstances, is interpreted” in the diplomatic circles in Belgrade as setting up specialists for resolving the Kosovo problem.