WASHINGTON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Deborah Jones to be the new ambassador to Libya replacing Christopher Stevens who was killed by militants last year.
Jones, a career foreign service officer, was the American ambassador to Kuwait from 2008 to 2011. She also served in the United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Iraq, Argentina and Syria.
She is now a scholar at the Middle East Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C.. Her nomination has to be approved by the Senate.
Stevens was killed on Sept. 11 last year when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya came under attack. The incident became a hot-button issue in the 2012 presidential campaign when the Republicans criticized the Obama administration for offering conflicting accounts -- first as one ensuing from anti-America protests, and then as an "act of terror."