Senate confirms Herro Mustafa Garg as US ambassador to Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Nov 2023

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Joe Biden’s appointment of Herro Mustafa Garg, the former US ambassador to Bulgaria, as US ambassador to Egypt.

Herro Mustafa Garg.
File Photo: Newly appointed US Ambassadorto Egypt Herro Mustafa Garg. (Photo courtesy of the US Embassy in Bulgaria)


At her Senate confirmation hearing in October, Mustafa Garg praised Egypt’s vital role in containing the current conflict in the region, stressing that "Both Egypt and the United strive to protect American citizens, secure the immediate and unconditional release of hostages, prevent harm to civilians, and prevent the conflict from spreading.”

She added that the US embassy in Egypt should take a “very, very active role” in diplomacy between President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi's government and other regional players amid the Israel-Gaza war.

In March, President Biden nominated Mustafa Garg, who hails from Kurdish descent, to fill the role of the US ambassador to Cairo, a position that has been vacant since 2022.

Mustafa Garg has a bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Master’s from Princeton University.

She grew up in North Dakota and speaks Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Bulgarian, and Portuguese.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Mustafa Garg served as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria from October 2019 to March 2023.

At the time, she was the first American of Kurdish descent to be nominated as ambassador.

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