New US Ambassador presents credentials with promise to increase ties and build on gains

New US Ambassador presents credentials with promise to increase ties and build on gains

The new US Ambassador to Guyana, Nicole D. Theriot, presented her credentials to President Irfaan Ali today, formally replacing Sarah Ann Lynch as the US Envoy to Guyana.

Theriot was confirmed by the US Congress as the new US Ambassador to Guyana in July following a lengthy hearing process.

The new Ambassador has been described as a Career Member of the U.S Foreign Service with a class of Counselor.

Her last post was in Pakistan, and she previously worked as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Theriot once served as Immigration and Visa Security Director at the White House National Security Council, prior to that she held the position of Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. 

Her long career in the foreign service also saw her in the position of Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as Principal Officer in Casablanca, Morocco and other senior diplomat postings in Germany, Barbados, Iraq, France and Nigeria.

On September 7, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Theriot to be the next ambassador to Guyana.

During her confirmation hearing, she told the US Congress that Guyana is experiencing rapid transformation, and has tremendous potential, with large oil reserves and mineral resources, fertile agricultural lands, virgin rainforests, a large U.S. diaspora, close ties to the United States, and significant opportunities for modernization of infrastructure, policies, and processes.

She promised to work with the Guyanese government and people to address the challenges that face the country and to bolster and diversify economic growth, strengthen democracy and governance, improve respect for human rights, and promote opportunity for all Guyanese.

Theriot said she also intends to proudly champion U.S. values in Guyana, while working with the government to continue responsibly leveraging the country’s newfound oil revenues to expand economic opportunities, develop reliable infrastructure, and improve and expand social services.

According to the Ambassador, she will work diligently to increase transparent, reciprocal trade and investment and to promote the many exciting opportunities for U.S. businesses, and will support the Guyanese government and people to build upon their gains in democratic governance and rule of law.

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