The next voting in the U.S. Senate in connection with the appointment of Richard Morningstar as ambassador to Azerbaijan may take place in the coming weeks, U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Azerbaijan Adam Sterling told reporters on Friday.
He said that this week the Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Richard Morningstar as ambassador to Azerbaijan. But until Richard Morningstar is finally approved by the U.S. Senate, he can not be considered an ambassador to Azerbaijan.
U.S. Senate itself determines its own schedule, and it's difficult to say something about the voting time, but it will take place in the coming weeks.
Earlier President Barack Obama nominated Richard L. Morningstar to be the next ambassador to Baku.
He is awaiting confirmation by the Senate according to the U.S. Constitution.
The United States has not had an ambassador in Baku since the departure of Matthew J. Bryza in December 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama appointed a career diplomat, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Bryza as ambassador to Azerbaijan bypassing the Senate on Dec.29, 2010, which a few months blocked his nomination under pressure of pro-Armenian senators Barbara Boxer and Robert Menendez.