04 January 2011

US may choose new ambassador to Venezuela to prevent row

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The US has left open the possibility that a new ambassador to Venezuela will be named following a row with the country over Washington's first choice.


America cancelled the US Visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US.

While speaking at a daily briefing this week, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the United States regrets that Venezuela withdrew its approval from the nomination of Larry Palmer, as the career diplomat would have been an "excellent interlocutor".

Earlier, Caracas rejected of Palmer's candidacy based on comments he made about the Venezuelan military and in response the State Department withdrew the US Visa of the Venezuelan envoy Bernardo Alvarez.

Crowley said that the government will now evaluate the possibility of a new ambassador, particularly as Palmer's nomination became null and void upon the close of the 111th Congress at the end of 2010.

However, Crowley did not specify whether Washington will insist that Palmer be appointed or if it will back down and name somebody else. 

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