Obama nominates new ambassador to Maldives

Michelle J Sison has been nominated as the new Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. President Obama made the announcement as part of a series of administrative appointments that included the appointment of Brett McGurk as Ambassador to Iraq.

“Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles.  I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said President Obama.

Sison, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, is currently the Assistant Chief of Mission for Law Enforcement and Rule of Law Assistance in Iraq. She also served as US Ambassador to Lebanon between 2008 and 2010.

Sison will replace Patricia Butenis who has served in the same position since 2009.