The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the nomination of Robert Cekuta as the new ambassador to Azerbaijan on Monday.
Cekuta previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of energy issues within the State Department. Cekuta has a large amount of experience in foreign relations and affairs. His overseas experiences include overseeing the U.S. role in economic activities in Tokyo between 2007 and 2009 and in Berlin from 2003 to 2007.
While in Berlin, Cekuta served as the minister-councelor for economic affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Germany. In this role he oversaw counter-terrorism activities and the efforts to curb international crime.
"We are pleased that the committee approved the candidacy of the new ambassador to Azerbaijan," representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Baku said. "We look forward to seeing his candidacy approved by the Senate as well."
Cekuta must be approved by the full Senate before he can become the new ambassador.