US foreign policy

Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as new US envoy to UN

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield will become the next US ambassador to the United Nations after receiving an overwhelming majority of votes in the Senate Tuesday.

Thomas-Greenfield, a veteran diplomat, was confirmed during the confirmation vote that saw her garner 78 votes for and 20 against. A simple majority is needed in Senate to be confirmed.

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The confirmation of Thomas-Greenfield comes days before the United States takes over the UN Security Council’s presidency for March.

President Joe Biden’s nominee was formerly the assistant secretary of state for Africa in the Obama administration.

She also served as Washington’s envoy to Liberia under former President George W. Bush.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the confirmation. “Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is a seasoned diplomat, deeply committed to American values, and the right choice to rebuild our nation’s standing at the UN and in other multilateral venues,” Blinken said in a statement released by his office.

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