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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Visits Ukraine

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Washington – As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is visiting Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian government leaders. The discussions will focus on advancing Ukraine’s economic recovery and efforts to return Ukraine to economic self-sufficiency, including via supporting investments in transportation infrastructure and reforms that will support a return to private-sector led growth. 

In coordination with the State Department, Secretary Buttigieg will announce the appointment of a senior-level advisor to be located in Kyiv who will provide technical assistance and share best practices on infrastructure project delivery.  Robert Mariner, who has performed engineering work for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and has decades of transportation project experience, will serve as Transportation Advisor to Ukraine. Mariner has previously served as an advisor to the Transportation Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The U.S. Department of Transportation, in coordination with the State Department, has coordinated similar advisory roles in U.S. embassies in Iraq and Afghanistan.