The U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate new ambassador to Somalia.
President Tump says Donald Y. Yamamoto of Washington, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Somalia
Mr. Yamamoto is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs.
He served as Acting Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. Over the course of his Foreign Service career, he served multiple tours in Africa, including as United States Ambassador to both Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Mr. Yamamoto earned an A.B. and M.A from Columbia University and a M.S. from the National War College.
He is the recipient of 22 awards from the State Department, including the Robert Frasure Memorial Award, a Presidential Distinguished Honor Award, a Presidential Distinguished Service Award, and a Secretary of State Distinguished Honor Award.
Mr. Yamamoto speaks Japanese, Chinese and French.