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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Veteran diplomat Jones to be U.S. envoy to Libya

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi engulfed in flames during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. (Esam Omran Aa-Fetori - Reuters)
While Caroline Kennedy mulls the ambassadorship to Japan and other mega-donors to President Obama’s campaign consider which cushy postings around the globe they’d most enjoy, one less-than-glamorous diplomatic spot has been taken: Obama named Deborah Jones as envoy to Libya.

Jones, a veteran career diplomat, will fill the post that was left vacant when Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate. Jones’ resume includes a stint as the ambassador to Kuwait, as well as postings in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ethiopia, and Syria.

And in other tough-assignment embassy news, Obama also named career Foreign Service officer James Knight as ambassador to Chad.

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