The United States has formalized the appointment of Francisco ‘Paco’ Palmieri as the new Chief of Diplomatic Mission of the United States Embassy in Venezuela.
“We would like to welcome the Chief of Mission, Francisco ‘Paco’ Palmieri, who Joins the Embassy of the United States of America (VAU) team to Venezuela”, the embassy published on Twitter.
Palmieri thus replaces James Storey, who officially left office on May 19 and will also continue to serve as Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Bogotá.
The Bogotá-based diplomatic mission to Venezuela was opened in August 2019, five months after the US government closed its embassy in Caracas and Remember Ambassador James Storey and all its employees.
The United States describes the re-election of Venezuela’s president as a “fraud”. Nicolás Maduro, in 2018 and maintains a package of economic sanctions, has sought without success to remove him from power.
socialist leader Broke diplomatic relations in early 2019 after what Washington recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as “interim president” of a country with fifty governments.
Palmeri is a diplomat with 36 years of experience in this field. have held management positions in Has extensive experience in relations with the State Department and the Western Hemisphere,
He was the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from January 2017 to November 2018 and managed the United States’ participation in the 2018 Summit of the Americas in Peru.
He also served as Deputy Under Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean. Director of the Office of Planning and Policy Coordination, Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, He has served with Secretaries James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry in key team roles as a member of the Executive Secretary.