McConnell Honors Departing Ambassador to Burma, Welcomes Incoming Nominee
‘Burma’s transition to democratically elected government is an important mark of reform in a country with a long and troubled history.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring Derek Mitchell for his service as the Ambassador to Burma. This afternoon, the Senate will vote to confirm Scot Alan Marciel to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma.
“Our Ambassador to Burma, Derek Mitchell, has staunchly pursued America’s interests in an important post. He’s helped guide our relationship with Burma through an historic transition to elected government. He’s also served as a trusted and valuable partner in understanding how best to measure the pace and viability of reform within Burma.
“I offer sincere gratitude for all of Derek’s advice and counsel. He will be missed. And while he leaves big shoes to fill, I intend to support the man nominated to succeed him.
“Scot Marciel has served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since August 2013, following time in Jakarta as our Ambassador to Indonesia for three years.
“He served as Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the East Asia and Pacific Bureau, responsible for relations with Southeast Asia.
“Earlier in his career, he served in Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Turkey, as well as in the Economic Bureau’s Office of Monetary Affairs.
“Ambassador Marciel will represent us as a new government is formed — and as America’s policies adjust to those changes on the ground.
“He obviously has a lot of experience. I think it will prove valuable as he works to represent our nation at a time of consequential change in Burma.
“Burma’s transition to democratically elected government is an important mark of reform in a country with a long and troubled history.
“We know there’s more to be done, but the Administration can take credit for its efforts and so can members of Congress in both parties.
“Hopefully we can build on that momentum by working together.”
Related Issues: Nominations, Burma