Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations congratulated his American colleague on his appointment.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan congratulated Thomas Nides on his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Israel.

“Congratulations to Thomas Nides on his nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. I look forward to further developing relations between our countries and cooperating on issues such as expanding peace initiatives, combating climate change, COVID-19, anti-Semitism, Iran, Hamas terror, and more,” Erdan said.

U.S. President Joe Biden formally appointed Nides as ambassador to Israel on Tuesday, June 15.

Nides is an executive director of the investment banking firm Morgan Stanley. He was undersecretary of state for management and resources. Nides has been in close contact with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. His nomination must now be confirmed by the Senate.