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Senate Approves Three Ambassadors

November 7, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a flurry of end-of-session activity, the Senate on Thrusday confirmed new ambassadors to Israel, Egypt, India and 21 other countries

Former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste, who served at the embassy in New Delhi from 1963 to 1967, was confirmed as ambassador to India. Celeste has also been director of the Peace Corps. He was Ohio’s governor from 1981 to 1989.

Israel’s new ambassador is Edward S. Walker, Jr., who has been ambassador to Egypt since 1994.

Walker will be replaced in Cairo by Daniel Charles Kurtzer, who has been in the foreign service since 1976 and has previously served in Egypt as well as at the embassy in Israel.

Another career foreign service officer, James A. Larocco, was confirmed as ambassador to Kuwait.

Among the other nations getting new American ambassadors are Austria, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Nigeria, Singapore, Sweden and Norway. All were approved by voice vote.

The Senate also approved Assistant Secretary of State George Moose to be U.S. representative to the European Office of the United Nations, with the rank of ambassador.

Others with the rank of ambassador confirmed by the Senate were new representatives to the Organization of American States and NATO and negotiators for Nagorno-Karabakh and Cyprus.

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