U.S. new ambassador to Peru starts his diplomatic tasks
The United States' new ambassador to Peru Brian A. Nichols began his job in the country's capital Lima, after presenting his letters of credence to the Peruvian Government on Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Lima has reported.
"Peru is an amazing country and I am very honored to assume the position to further strengthen cooperation ties between the two nations, promote economic prosperity and social inclusion, improve education, protect the environment and ensure safety of its citizens", Ambassador Nichols said.
Statements were made during the swearing-in ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC on June 27, 2014.
Nichol, who has served in Lima before, was confirmed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to Peru on June 19, 2014. He was tapped for the post by President Barack Obama on June 21, 2013.
Ambassador Nichols is succeeding Rose M. Likins, who has served in Lima since September 2010.
The first assignment Nichols received was to serve as a consular officer at the embassy in Lima, Peru, followed by service as a political officer at the embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador; as first secretary and deputy political counselor in Mexico City from 1998 to 2001; and as political counselor at the embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2001 to 2004.
Back in Washington, Nichols served as director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs in the Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2004 to 2007. From August 2007 to July 2010, he served as deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Bogotá, Colombia.
Starting in August 2010, Nichols served in the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), first as INL's deputy assistant secretary and then, beginning May 25, 2011, as principal deputy assistant secretary.