U.S. President Barack Obama  has appointed his former presidential adviser as the new Middle East coordinator ahead of his planned trip to the region in two weeks time.
Philip Gordon, who formerly worked as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, will be coordinating US policy  for the visit.
Obama plans to travel to Israel, Palestine and Jordan  this month for the first time since he took office, to discuss the issues of Iran and Syria, among other topics.
National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon , told Sky News that Gordon was a 'key member' of the U.S.'s foreign policy team and the 'perfect person' for the job.
Gordon will officially take up the new post on March 11.