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Edward S. Walker, Jr.
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs

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Biography

On January 18, 2000 Edward S. Walker, Jr. was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Walker was nominated for this position by President Clinton on October 27, 1999 and confirmed by the Senate on November 11, 1999.

Mr. Walker most recently served as the Ambassador to Israel from 1997 to 1999. He has also served as Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 1994 to 1997, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations with Ambassadorial rank from 1993 to 1994, and as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 1989 to 1992 through the period of the Gulf war.

Mr. Walker has served extensively in the Middle East since his entry into the Foreign Service in 1967. In the course of his career he has had tours in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia. His Washington, DC assignments included 2 years as Special Assistant to the President's Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1979 to 1981, and 2 years as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State from 1982 to 1984. In 1988, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Mr. Walker was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. at Hamilton College and a M.A. degree at Boston University. In 1962, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving 3 years in Heidelberg, Germany. Later, in 1985, he attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in London.

Ambassador Walker is fluent in French, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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