US Government Appoints First Venezuela Ambassador in 10 Years

The Trump administration appointed James Story as the first United States ambassador for Venezuela in 10 years, after a Senate voice note confirmed him Thursday morning.

The Trump administration appointed James Story as the first United States ambassador to Venezuela in 10 years, after a Senate voice note confirmed him Thursday morning. 

The South Carolina native will be the first person to reach this position, despite Washington having no diplomats at its embassy in Venezuelan capital Caracas amid a breakdown in relations.

According to a Bloomberg report, Story will carry out his duties from Colombian capital Bogota, as Venezuela endures an historic political and economic crisis. The report pointed out he will guide US policy on Venezuela during the administration of president-elect Joe Biden.

The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2010 when diplomatic relations first started to fray under late President Hugo Chávez.

Caracas and Washington broke diplomatic relations in 2019, each withdrawing its diplomats shortly after the Trump administration decided to recognize opposition leader and National Assembly Chief Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate President.


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