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Public Papers - 1989 - February

Nomination of John D. Negroponte To Be United States Ambassador to Mexico


The President today announced his intention to nominate John D. Negroponte to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Mexico. He would succeed Charles J. Pilliod, Jr.

Ambassador Negroponte has most recently served as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs at the White House, 1987 - 1989. Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs, 1985 - 1987. From 1981 to 1985, he was United States Ambassador to Honduras; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1980 - 1981; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries Affairs, 1977 - 1979. Ambassador Negroponte was consul general in Thessaloniki, Greece, 1975 - 1977, and counselor for political affairs in Quito, Ecuador, 1973 - 1975. From 1970 to 1973, he was a staff member for the National Security Council, and served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Paris peace talks on Vietnam, 1968 - 1969. In 1960 he entered the Foreign Service, serving in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Ambassador Negroponte graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1960). He was born July 21, 1939, in London, England. He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC.

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