New US envoy to arrive this week

DUBAI — Michael H. Corbin, who has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, is due to arrive here this week to take charge as the next US Ambassador to the UAE. 

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Published: Tue 26 Jul 2011, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:01 AM

Corbin, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was confirmed by the US Senate as the Ambassador to the UAE on June 30 and would take over the job from Richard Olsen this month. Olsen is now the US Ambassador to Afghanistan.

Prior to this assignment, Corbin had been Minister-Counsellor for Political-Military Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and Charge d’Affaires in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2008.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Ambassador Corbin has held various positions overseas and in Washington, including Minister-Counsellor for Economic and Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo (2003-2006), Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs (2001-2003), Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1997- 2001), Political-Military Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Cairo (1994-1997) and at the US Embassy in Kuwait (1987-1989). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1984 in Mauritania. Corbin received a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Even before arriving in the UAE, Ambassador Corbin was honoured in a lunch by the US-UAE Business Council recently at W Hotel in Washington, DC.

In his remarks, he applauded the UAE’s open business environment and underscored the important role that the commercial relationship plays in strengthening the overall relations between the US and the UAE.—

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