Mexico to name new ambassador to the United States
Mexico will name a new ambassador to the U.S., Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat sources told The Hill.
Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana, who took the post in April, will move to an unspecified undersecretary position in Mexico City, the sources said.
He will be replaced by Geronimo Gutierrez, the managing director of the North American Development Bank. Gutierrez was previously undersecretary for North American affairs at the Foreign Relations Secretariat.
The announcement is expected to come on Friday.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last week replaced his secretary of foreign relations, naming former Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray to the post.
Videgaray lost the finance job last August for his reported involvement in organizing President-elect Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico City during his presidential campaign.
The visit was reportedly arranged through a mutual friend of Videgaray and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was named as a Trump White House adviser this week.
Gutierrez will become ambassador at a difficult moment in U.S.–Mexico relations, as Trump has promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, build a wall on the southern border, deport millions of Mexicans and slap tariffs on manufactured goods from Mexico.
The Washington ambassadorship is seen as Mexico’s highest foreign appointment because of the close relationship between the two countries and the millions of Mexicans who live in the United States.
The 50 Mexican consulates in the United States are the largest consular network run by any country.
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