U.S. officials say the Obama administration's top diplomat for the Middle East is stepping down to take a senior position at the United Nations.
The officials said Monday that Jeffrey Feltman, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs who has guided U.S. policy through the tumult of the Arab Spring, plans to retire from the foreign service at the end of May and become a deputy to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been announced. Feltman is expected to be named U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs.
His successor has not been named.
The officials said several candidates, including Elizabeth Jones, a former top diplomat for Europe who now deals with Afghanistan and Pakistan, are in the running.
Team Jeb Hits Back at Trump for Being 'Soft on Crime,' Cites Past Support for Legalizing Drugs | Cortney O'Brien
Sen. Chris Murphy Admits That Gun Control Legislation From Washington Probably Won’t Stop Shootings | Matt Vespa
Doctors Will Be the Scapegoats in the Coming Obamacare Disaster | Human Events
Even the State Department help desk didn't know about Hillary Clinton's private address
Father of Murder Victim Will Campaign For Gun Control, After He Buys One - Bearing Arms - Anti-Gun Hysteria
Daniel J. Mitchell - Great Moments in Socialism
Thomas Sowell - A Revealing Clue
President Obama, Commute Sharanda Jones' Sentence | RedState
Federal judge: Moral objections enough to override HHS contraception mandate - Hot Air