New US Ambassador Herro Mustafa arrived in Bulgaria

The new Ambassador of the United States to Bulgaria H.E. Herro Mustafa and her family have arrived in Sofia. She is a career diplomat born in 1973 in Iraq to a Kurdish family. She spent two years of her childhood in a refugee camp. In 1976 her family was granted right of asylum in the US. H.E. Mustafa has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree from Princeton University. She is fluent in nine languages, including Arabic, Russian, Hindi and Farsi.

Before her appointment to the post of Ambassador to Bulgaria, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, and prior to that served as Political Minister Counselor at the US Embassy in India.

In Washington, Ms Mustafa was senior advisor on the Middle East in the administration of Vice President Joe Biden and deputy chair of Directorate of Afghanistan at the Department of State. She also served as director in the National Security Council. In the Balkans, Ms Mustafa worked for the NGO sector in Bosnia and in 1999 for the US Embassy in Athens. Her family story was the subject of the documentary film American Herro.

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