ERBIL — Former US State Department’s Director of the Office of Iraq Affairs, Rob Waller, has taken office as the new consul general of the United States in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region.
US Consulate General in Erbil welcomed Waller in an online statemen, saying that he had assumed charge of the consulate on 1st July.
The statement also confirmed that Katie Kiser has been appointed as the new Deputy Principal Officer at the consulate.
“Over the next few months, they look forward to exploring the rich culture of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region while also seeking out meaningful ways to collaboratively build upon our shared values of peace, security, and economic prosperity,” reads the statement.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Waller previously served as the Director of the Office of Iraq Affairs and as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran.
“Prior to joining the Iraq office, he served as Minister-Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations at Geneva (2015-2018) and spent his last year there as Acting DCM,” the statement added. “He was the U.S. Consul General in Dubai (2012-2015) and served as Director for Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Affairs at the NSC (2011-2012). His other overseas assignments include Paris, Baghdad, Jerusalem, FSI Tunisia, and Jeddah.”