U.S. Senate approves appointment of new chief diplomat for Latin America

Ambassador Brian Nichols has been confirmed by the Senate as Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a half-year delay, the Senate completed the confirmation hearing for the top U.S. diplomat in charge of relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. Brian Nichols is the first African-American in this position in over four decades.

The Republican opposition, led by Senator Ted Cruz, blocked the nomination of diplomats for the past 6 months, but the process began to move forward in recent weeks.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who also chairs the House Foreign Relations Committee, stressed that Nichols' role is crucial at this time because of the great instability in . . .

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