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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey Feltman, speaks during a handing over ceremony of the first shipment of humanitarian goods for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) inside the embassy compound north of Beirut on July 25, 2006. This comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon where she met Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri. Rice now is in Israel meeting with officials. Tens of thousands of foreign nations have fled Lebanon over the past two weeks to escape the bombing in the country. Over 380 Lebanese, mostly civilians, have died since the conflict began on July 12, after Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed 7 others. (UPI Photo)
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Jeffrey D. Feltman (born c. 1959) is an American diplomat, currently the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He was sworn into the office on August 18, 2009. He was previously the United States Ambassador to Lebanon from July 2004 to January 2008.

Before becoming Ambassador to Lebanon, Feltman volunteered to serve at the Coalition Provisional Authority office in Irbil, Iraq, from January to April 2004. Prior to his work in Iraq, he was at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where he served first as Deputy (August 2001-November 2002) and then as Acting Principal Officer (November 2002 to December 2003).

He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986, serving his first tour as consular officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He has spent much of his career dealing with Eastern Europe and the Near East. He served in Embassy Tel Aviv as Ambassador Martin Indyk's Special Assistant on Peace Process issues (2000-2001). Before that, from 1998-2000, Feltman served as Chief of the Political and Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia. He served in the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995 to 1998, covering economic issues in the Gaza Strip.

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