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Kabul has fallen – and this ambassador has been put in the spotlight

On Senator Ted Cruz’s break on diplomatic confirmations

“There is enormous damage being done by preventing our ambassadors from coming out to do the job the American people need us to do to represent them abroad.” – Amb. Linda thomas greenfield

On US-Chinese relations

“I sit two places from the Chinese [permanent representative], we therefore consult each other regularly in the field. We call each other regularly. And while we’re not always in sync with each other on the issues, the issues that we’re in sync with, we’re able to move forward on those issues very, very quickly. – Amb. Linda thomas greenfield

On the possibility that the United States recognizes the Taliban

“We will certainly have an intense discussion with our allies on the issue of recognition. We are not there yet. We need to see what kind of government the Taliban form, and we need to see what kind of actions they take once they form the government… We will be watching their actions very, very closely before any decisions are made on recognizing them. a government of which they are a part. – Amb. Linda thomas greenfield

On his relations with the ambassadors of Afghanistan and Myanmar

About Ghulam Isaczai, Ambassador to the UN of the elected government of Afghanistan: “I am in regular contact with him. We were communicating today and I support him a lot. And we’re going to watch and see how things go. – Amb. Linda thomas greenfield

On Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar’s elected government ambassador to the UN

“We have kept in touch with each other… We will continue to be friends and supporters of this ambassador as well as the Afghan ambassador in the future.” – Amb. Linda thomas greenfield

During his four-day crash course on Managing the UN Security Council

Its confirmation being delayed in the Senate, “I imagined that my colleagues sitting here in New York on the Security Council were wondering what was going on. I really sprinted to the finish line. I was in a meeting almost 24/7 for four days.

While there is no love lost between any Biden official and the previous administration (“There was no proper transfer”), Thomas-Greenfield called his predecessor Kelly Crafts “extraordinarily hospitable” and “very supportive”.