"It is a profound personal honour to hold the President's confidence", Craft said. "And this is a confidence I will seek to maintain as I continue to convey the invigorated policies of this administration of the Security Council, and to the United Nations as a whole. I will defend America’s values and interests; I will stand by our friends and allies".
Craft said US leadership is "absolutely critical" in a world marked by humanitarian crisis, conflicts and geopolitical challenges, and she intends to provide such leadership.
"I come to the United Nations not only as the President’s emissary but also as a voice of America’s unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, human rights and whenever possible, the peaceful resolution of conflicts", Craft said.
The statement comes after Craft presented earlier in the day her diplomatic credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Delighted to present my credentials to Secretary-General @antonioguterres as the new U.S. representative to the @UN. Looking forward to an ambitious agenda at the United Nations, working in partnership with member states toward a safer, more prosperous world. pic.twitter.com/u7tTOLc1ht— Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbUN) September 12, 2019
On 1 August, the US Senate confirmed Craft as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. Kelly Craft will succeed Nikki Haley who stepped down from her post and left the office at the end of 2018.
Craft previously served as an alternate delegate to the United Nations in 2007 under President George W. Bush.