BEIRUT: U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly left the country Tuesday, ending a 3-year term as Washington's top diplomat in Beirut.
Longtime diplomat and U.S. Ambassador-designate to Lebanon David Hale is expected to take over the post in the next few weeks.
Connelly officially presented her diplomatic credentials to President Michel Sleiman in 2010, after she was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Hale will leave his post as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace to take on his new role.
The ambassador-designate served as envoy to Jordan from 2005 to 2008 and was director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs from 2001 to 2003.
Hale also served as Deputy Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and from 2008 to 2009 he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.