President Obama has nominated Ian C. Kelly, a career diplomat, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. I am pleased that the White House has nominated such an experienced and well-respected colleague to succeed me later this year here in Georgia. His candidacy will next be considered by the U.S. Senate, and subject to Senate confirmation we would expect him to arrive in Tbilisi sometime after my anticipated departure upon completion of my 3-year tour later this summer. One of the most difficult parts of being a professional diplomat is to contemplate leaving a place one has come to know and love, but that is in the nature of this profession. In the months until my departure, it will continue to be my honor to do my best to advance U.S.-Georgia relations and promote democracy, security and prosperity in this remarkable, historic land.