Obama picks drug fighting diplomat as new Ambassador to Guyana

Obama picks drug fighting diplomat as new Ambassador to Guyana

U.S President Barack Obama has nominated a tough talking, drug fighting Diplomat as the new Ambassador of the United States to Guyana.

In a White House statement, the US Government announced the nomination of Perry L. Holloway as the next Ambassador to Guyana.

According to the White House statement, Perry L. Holloway, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, served most recently as the Political-Military Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014.

“From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Holloway was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and from 2009 to 2010 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.  Previously, he served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota from 2007 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2005 to 2007.  From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Holloway was the Andean Counterdrug Initiative Coordinator at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State”, the statement said.

The White House said that the nominee also served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 2000 to 2003, as a General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2000, and as an Administrative Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico from 1994 to 1997.

“From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Holloway was a General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, and from 1990 to 1991 he served as Staff Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.  He began his career as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota from 1989 to 1990.  Mr. Holloway received a B.A. from Wofford College, an M.A. from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces”, the statement concluded.

Mr. Halloway’s nomination is being seen by political watchers in Guyana  as the US Government’s further commitment to tackling the drug trade head on in Guyana while developing its diplomatic and bilateral relations with the country.

Just recently the US Government announced that it will be setting up a Drug Enforcement Agency Office in Guyana. That office will be based at the Georgetown Embassy and will begin operations in September.

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