William Ellison Grayson formally confirmed US ambassador to Estonia

US Ambassador to Estonia William Ellison Grayson.
US Ambassador to Estonia William Ellison Grayson. Source: Presidio Trust

Washington has confirmed William Ellison Grayson as United States ambassador to Estonia, a role which he has de facto occupied since September.

Grayson's appointment was given the go-ahead by Congress late last week.

The post had been officially vacant since June 2018 when previous incumbent James D. Melville stepped down ahead of the end of his term, citing dissatisfaction with representing the Trump administration, particularly in the light of his stance towards the EU, NATO and Russia.

William Ellison Grayson, a Californian, is a former VP at J.P. Morgan & Co. and has held other high-level posts at investment institutions.

He was nominated by President Donald Trump in September 2019, but the Senate foreign relations committee had not been able to find a suitable time for a hearing on his candidacy until July this year.

The U.S. embassy itself is reportedly looking to move from its current location on Kentmanni, to a property on, appropriately enough, Suur-Ameerika and Väike-Ameerika.

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