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Al Jazeera Balkans: Hoyt Brian Yee to replace Jess Baily in Macedonia

Washington, 29 November 2017 (MIA) - Hoyt Brian Yee, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs, as of next year will be the new US Ambassador to Macedonia, Al Jazeera Balkans (AJB) correspondent reports, citing sources of the US Department of State.

Hoyt Brian Yee will replace the current US ambassador Jess Baily, who was in that position from December 2014. Hoyt Yee is an experienced diplomat and expert for the Balkans who started his career in the 1990s along with the so-called "bulldozer diplomat" Richard Holbrooke.

The sending of Hoyt Brian Yee to Macedonia is assessed as a confirmation of Washington's increased engagement in the Balkans, primarily because of Moscow's attempts to impose its influence in the region.

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With the recent appointment of Wess Mitchell as new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs by the US Senate, the gap left by former Obama-era Assistance Secretary Victoria Nuland has been filled by the administration of Us President Donald Trump. Since January 20, Yee had looked after Nuland's duties. It may be expected that Mitchell is looking for a deputy that has not been appointed by the previous US president.

Ever since the departure, Deputy Assistant Secretary Yee has played a significant role in the Western Balkans, playing an important role in the solution of the political crises in the region that all came to a head in May. Within 24 hours, the political stalemate in Macedonia was resolved with the instalment of the new government of Zoran Zaev, the MacAllister+ agreement in Albania, and parliamentary elections in Kosovo.

Even after this diplomatic success, Yee continued to be prominent in Western Balkans politics, recently stating that the truth about the wiretapping scandal in Macedonia, which had led to the fall of the Gruevski government, and the Tahiri-Habilaj affair in Albania needs to come out. He recently visited Belgrade and Prishtina, in the hope of furthering the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

by Oui on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 02:48:37 PM EST
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