Ambassador of Colombia in the United States resigns after the triumph of Petro

Ambassador of Colombia in the United States resigns after the triumph of Petro

Colombia’s ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzón, resigned on Sunday night, hours after leftist Gustavo Petro was elected president of the country in the second round of elections.

Pinzón, who held the position for 11 months, presented his resignation to President Iván Duque in a letter in which he stated that he will remain in charge of the embassy in Washington until August 6, one day before Petro’s inauguration.

“I have worked with several presidents and governments, but my service has always been to our extraordinary Colombian people, always putting Colombia above all else. In that sense, through this communication I present my resignation dated August 6, 2022, “said Pinzón in the letter.

Pinzón, 50 years old, who had already been ambassador to the White House in the government of Juan Manuel Santos, came to the embassy for the second time last year, replacing former vice president Francisco Santos, with the aim of strengthening relations Colombian relations with the United States.

In this sense, he highlighted that during his time in office he achieved “significant achievements” such as the thematic alignment between the governments of the two countries to face the global pandemic of covid-19, climate change and energy transition, migration, and the defense of democracy in the continent and the world».

He also successfully managed the first meeting between Duque and the president of the United States, Joe Bidenwhich took place on March 11 in the Oval Office of the White House, as well as the recent celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“It has been a short period full of intensity, and with tangible and convincing progress. We are fulfilling the mission to which we committed ourselves thanks to teamwork with all instances,” Pinzón asserted.

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