Obama appoints new Mideast coordinator
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama has appointed a new coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, the White House announced on Saturday.
Mr Philip Gordon, a veteran foreign policy expert, will take up his post on Mar 11.
The appointment came two weeks before Mr Obama is set to visit Israel, Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian territories and Jordan.
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon praised Mr Gordon as a "key member" of Mr Obama's foreign policy team who was the "perfect person" to coordinate US policy.