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US Ambassador Mamet presents credentials and meets with Timerman

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:03 UTC
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“Honored to represent the US in Argentina” said Mamet, seen here shaking hands with foreign minister Timerman “Honored to represent the US in Argentina” said Mamet, seen here shaking hands with foreign minister Timerman
The controversial official is said to have improved his Spanish and has a avid interest in Argentine current affairs, lack of which delayed his nomination The controversial official is said to have improved his Spanish and has a avid interest in Argentine current affairs, lack of which delayed his nomination

US ambassador to Argentina Noah B. Mamet held his first meeting with Foreign Minister Hector Timerman at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday afternoon after he arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday of last week.

 Mamet said he “felt honored to represent his country in Argentina” following his appointment by US President Barack Obama that he would dedicate himself towards strengthening their relationship and expanding cooperation between both countries.

Mamet after arriving last Friday on that same day submitted a copy of his credentials to the Foreign Ministry and later uploaded a two minute YouTube video informing the general public about his background.

Ambassador Mamet used the video to express greetings to Argentines in both Spanish and English, introducing himself and saying that he is looking forward to working with the Argentine government and people on energy, environmental protections, health issues, and “in particular, education exchanges” while also strengthening existing cooperation in technology and boosting bilateral trade and investment.

Although Obama first nominated Mamet as ambassador in August 2013, the US Senate was only formally notified in January of 2014 and finally approved in December following resistance from the senators.

Announcing his nomination back in 2013, Obama said “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said as he announced Mamet’s nomination, along with new ambassadors for several other countries, including the Philippines and Niger, among others. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

The ambassador was criticized by senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez for his apparent lack of knowledge of Argentina and its diplomatic relations with the US, as well as not speaking Spanish. In the interim, Mamet has improved his Spanish and has become an avid reader of Argentine current affairs.

Mamet will replace former ambassador Vilma S. Martínez, who held the post until 2013. During that gap, the embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Kevin Sullivan acted as the head of the US mission.

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  • ilsen

    habla espanol senor? no?
    Thought not. Noah probably thinks he is in a village just south of Cancun...
    such is the US estimation of Argentina these days....
    not even a blip on the political radar, why elst sent this nobody as an ambassador?
    Maybe ElaineB can tell us the reasoning for this appointment?
    After all Noah has no relevant history for this job.....
    is is a snub to KFC? or simply an irrelevance?

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 06:50 am 0
  • chronic

    He's a campaign fund raiser. Lol.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 07:15 am 0
  • ChrisR

    It's no good being able to speak Spanish in TDC: low level jibber-jabba is needed plus a labotomy to bring him down to Gollum's level.

    Obuma must really think a lot of TDC putting this character in as Ambassador, NOT.

    At least he got that right.

    Jan 23rd, 2015 - 10:38 am 0
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