US names temporary envoy to Egypt
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a temporary envoy to be the top American diplomat in Egypt following the departure of ambassador Anne Patterson.
Mr David Satterfield is a career diplomat and veteran on Mideast issues. The State Department says he will serve in Cairo until a new ambassador is nominated.
Mr Kerry has recommended that the current US ambassador to Syria take the post. That is Robert Ford, whose nomination is still being vetted by the White House.
The outgoing ambassador to Egypt has been named the new assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.