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US Names Former Zambia Ambassador As Particular Envoy To Haiti

Former US Ambassador To Zambia, Daniel Foote has been named Particular Envoy to Haiti.

By NAN Employees Author

Information Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 22, 2021: A former U.S. ambassador to Zambia who was recalled in 2019 after dispute with Zambian authorities over homosexual rights and corruption, has been named because the Particular Envoy for Haiti.

Ambassador Daniel Foote was named to the submit in accordance with U.S. Division Spokesperson, Ned Value, this morning. The Joe Biden ambassador had been below strain from some members of the Black Congressional Caucus to call a particular envoy on Haiti.

Ambassador Foote, a profession member of the Senior Overseas Service, will “have interaction with Haitian and worldwide companions to facilitate long-term peace and stability and help efforts to carry free and honest presidential and legislative elections.”

He can even work with companions to coordinate help efforts in a number of areas, together with humanitarian, safety, and investigative help, the State Division assertion stated.

Foote, together with the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts and coordinate the hassle of U.S. federal businesses in Haiti from Washington, advise the Secretary and Appearing Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and coordinate carefully with the Nationwide Safety Council workers on the administration’s efforts to help the Haitian individuals and Haiti’s democratic establishments within the aftermath of the tragic assassination of Jovenel Moïse.

“Moreover, the Particular Envoy will have interaction stakeholders in civil society and the non-public sector as we pursue Haitian-led options to the various urgent challenges dealing with Haiti,” the assertion added.


Foote was deputy chief of mission within the Dominican Republic, he additionally served as chargé d’affaires in each Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santo Domingo.

Foote is a local of Syracuse, New York and graduated from Williamsville East Excessive Faculty in 1981. He attended Columbia College, the place he was a member of the varsity’s soccer and observe and discipline groups and graduated with a B.A. in economics.

Foote started his profession as a pure gasoline dealer and dealer. In 1992, he grew to become a Peace Corps volunteer in Sopachuy, Bolivia. He later taught highschool Spanish and coached soccer and observe in Northern California.

In 1998, Foote joined the US Division of State. He held positions on the State Division Operations Heart, within the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, on the U.S. Embassy in London, and within the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was a part of the reconstruction workforce in Erbil, Iraq, was a administration officer and political/financial chief within the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg and was a administration counsellor on the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Foote additionally accomplished postings on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and as chief of the provincial reconstruction workforce within the Maysan Governorate. He went on to steer the actions of the Bureau of Worldwide Narcotics and Regulation Enforcement Affairs in Colombia. On the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Foote served as coordinating director, managing U.S. civilian international help and legislation enforcement actions within the nation. In 2015, he took a task in Washington, D.C., on the Bureau of Worldwide Narcotics and Regulation Enforcement, the place he oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In 2017 he was named ambassador to Zambia. In December 2019, Foote publicly stated he was “horrified” by Zambia’s jailing of same-sex couple Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba.

After an attraction failed and the couple had been sentenced to fifteen years in jail, Foote requested the Zambian authorities to assessment each the case and the nation’s anti-homosexuality legal guidelines.

The ambassador confronted a backlash and cancelled public appearances after he was threatened on social media and was subsequently recalled after President Edgar Lungu declared him persona non grata. He was subsequently recalled by the Donald Trump administration, a call that was closely criticised by different members of the diplomatic corp.

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