The new United States ambassador to Spain, Julissa Reynoso, today promised to recover “the values that have always defined” her country and work to deepen bilateral ” historic relations” “that have existed since the founding of the United States.”
“As President (of the USA, Joe) Biden has affirmed on several occasions, the United States is back to act according to the values that have always defined my country,” said the 47-year-old diplomat of Dominican origin, after her arrival. to Madrid airport to take charge of the American diplomatic representation.
“During my stay here I will dedicate myself to embodying these principles in relations with Spain and Andorra, the European Union, and the international community,” said the diplomat, who mentioned among these “shared values” the promotion of democracy, culture, human rights and “common goals in areas such as trade and economy, security and defense”.
“We share the goal of making the world safer, highlighting the importance of the environment and equality between people. We fight together against climate change and against the spread of misinformation. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our societies. Let’s go-to face these challenges with the determination that has always characterized our peoples,” he added.
Reynoso, who was accompanied by her son and her two dogs, has previously been ambassador to Uruguay during the presidency of Barack Obama, and more recently assistant to President Biden and chief of staff to the first lady, Jill Biden.
A law graduate from Columbia University (New York), Reynoso has also co-chaired the White House Gender Policy Council.
The diplomat, who emigrated to the United States in 1982 and has also studied at the universities of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Harvard Massachusetts, has also been Undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department.
As a lawyer, Reynoso has been a partner at the firm Winston & Stran, dedicated to international law. Additionally, he clerked for federal judge Laura Taylor Swain.
Reynoso, who on January 6 was sworn in before the vice president, Kamala Harris, in a ceremony attended by his mother, sister, and son, is pending the presentation of credentials to King Felipe VI.