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New US Ambassador Sworn In

The new United States Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin was sworn in yesterday as the fifteenth American Ambassador to Fiji. This was confirmed yesterday by the US Embassy in Suva. It’s
07 Jan 2015 12:16
New US Ambassador Sworn In

The new United States Ambassador Judith Beth Cefkin was sworn in yesterday as the fifteenth American Ambassador to Fiji.

This was confirmed yesterday by the US Embassy in Suva. It’s spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said Ms Cefkin was sworn by Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom in Washington DC in the US.

“The ceremony was also attended by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson,” the Embassy spokesperson said.

Ms Cefkin would replace Ambassador Frankie Reed who has served in Fiji for more than three years.

Ms Reed arrived in Fiji on September 2011 and will leave Fiji this month.

According to The Coloradoan, Ms Cefkin has already begun her work last week as the ambassador to Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.

The Embassy in Suva said Ms Cefkin was yet to arrive in Fiji.

She entered the Foreign Service in 1983. Her other overseas postings included the Philippines, France, Mexico, and Thailand.

In Washington, Ms. Cefkin has served in the Office of Central African Affairs, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs.

She also served as deputy director of the Office of Western European Affairs and as director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs. In 2009, Ms. Cefkin did a brief stint on the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.

Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ms Cefkin worked as a television news producer at network news affiliates in Denver and Houston.

She also worked in Congress’s Office of Technology Assessment and as a legislative intern in the US Senate.

She received a BA in Government from Smith College (1975), followed by a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1977).

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