US: More than a dozen diplomatic posts are vacant

14 days ago

In the wake of the rising tensions between migrants and agents in which a major border crossing was temporary closed, the focus is now on why there is no ambassador or even a nominee to the key post in Mexico City?

In fact, there are currently other similar vacancies as the top diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Yemen remain unfilled. According to a tracker from the American Foreign Service Association, there are 68 ambassadorial vacancies, 49 of them have nominees and six nations do not exchange ambassadors with the US.

There is no ambassador or nominee for the post to Mexico, the post's missions are actually performed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials leading the communication on the migrant issue.