THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON TO NAME EDWARD S. WALKER AS AMBASSADOR TO THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
The President today announced his intention to nominate Edward S. Walker of Maryland as Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
"Ambassador Walker's broad experience in the Middle East and his dedicated service to the United States in the Foreign Service will be a valuable asset to our Embassy in Egypt," said the President "I am delighted to nominate him to this position."
A career Foreign Service Officer since 1967, Ambassador Walker is currently serving as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations with ambassadorial rank. He was the United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 1989 to 1992 through the period of the Gulf War.
Ambassador Walker had served extensively in the Middle East since his entry into the Foreign Service in 1967. In the course of his career he has had tours overseas in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia. His Washington assignments included two years as Special Assistant to the President's Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1979 to 1981 and two years as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. In 1988 he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Near East Bureau of the Department of State.
Ambassador Walker was born in Abington, Pennsylvania on June 13, 1940. He received a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1963 and an MA from Boston University in 1965. In 1962, he enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1985, he attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. Ambassador Walker speaks both Arabic and Hebrew. He is married and has two children.