Mark Gitenstein nominated US ambassador to Romania

President Barack Obama announced that he intends to appoint Mark Gitenstein, a diplomat of Romanian origin, ambassador to Bucharest. In the speech in which he announced the ambassadors nominated, President said: “The Americans will be lucky to have such a distinguished representation abroad. The talent, the expertise and the devotion of the future ambassadors are very valuable, in the context in which America intends to strengthen its partnerships around the world.”

“I feel flattered because President Obama has entrusted this task to me. It means not only to assume an important task for the national security, because Romania is an important ally for the United States, but if I am confirmed in office, it will be for me a sort of return to my great grandparents,” Gitenstein declared. Referring to his connections with Romania, Gitenstein explained that his grandfather on paternal line had emigrated from Moldova to the United States, while his great grandparents on maternal line were also Romanian.

Currently, Gitenstein is a senior researcher with Brookings Institution, being specialized in problems of national security and civil liberties. He is also a partner at the office from Washington of the multinational law firm Mayer Brown LLP. Gitenstein is close to the current American Vice President, Joe Biden.

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