Kurdish-American Diplomat Herro Mustafa Garg Nominated as US Ambassador to Egypt
US President Joe Biden has nominated Herro Mustafa Garg, a Kurdish-American career diplomat, to serve as the country's ambassador to Egypt, according to a White House statement released on Wednesday. Mustafa Garg, who was previously the US ambassador to Bulgaria, has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Portugal and Political Minister Counselor at the US Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Born in Iraq's Kurdistan Region in 1973, Mustafa Garg fled with her family after the former Ba'athist regime launched a deadly offensive in the north. After staying in Iran for a while, she later migrated to North Dakota in the US. Her father was a Kurdish political activist and an opponent of the former Iraqi authoritarian regime of Saddam Hussein.
As a polyglot, the diplomat speaks seven languages, including Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. Mustafa Garg holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Master's degree from Princeton University.
In Washington DC, she served as an adviser to the then-US Vice-President, Joe Biden, from 2009 to 2011, providing counsel on issues related to the Middle East, and south and central Asia. "Being an immigrant refugee, you start with nothing," she once told a group of students. "But it has taught me to set your aims high, achieve them and then aim even higher."
If confirmed by the Senate, Mustafa Garg will assume the role of the US Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Her extensive experience and expertise in diplomacy, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia, are expected to further strengthen the relationship between the US and Egypt.