YEREVAN — New Ambassador to Armenia, Richard M. Mills Jr., will arrives in Yerevan next week, the US Embassy in Armenia informed in a Twitter post.

Richard M. Mills Jr was confirmed as a new Ambassador to Armenia on December 16.

Mills previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Beirut, where he began his tour in 2012.

Richard Mills assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Malta, ad interim, in June 2011. Since August 2010, he had been serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy.

Mills joined the Foreign Service in 1988, serving at Embassy Paris as a consular officer, then as staff aide to the Ambassador. He returned to Washington to join the Soviet Desk, eventually becoming desk officer for the newly independent Armenia and Azerbaijan, followed by a tour as a political officer at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia.

From 1996-98 Mills served in the Executive Secretariat, followed by a tour as economic officer at Embassy Dublin from 1998-2001. Subsequent tours included Political Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the UN; Deputy Political Counselor at Embassy Islamabad; and Energy Attaché and Acting Economic Counselor at Embassy Riyadh. Rick was Political Counselor at Embassy London from 2006-2009.

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