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Colombian leader of African origin will be the country’s first black ambassador to America

Washington: It has been determined to nominate Colombian chief of African origin Luis Gilberto Murillo as Colombia’s ambassador to the US. He shall be Colombia’s first black ambassador to the US. Gustavo Petro, who was elected as President, gave this info by tweeting on Tuesday.

He mentioned Murillo can be Colombia’s most vital diplomat when he takes the oath of workplace subsequent month. Murillo, 55, had studied in Russia and left his nation after being kidnapped by a paramilitary group. He has lengthy made his mark within the Washington institution. Murillo additionally holds US citizenship, which he must hand over as soon as he turns into a diplomat. He was born within the province of Chocó, situated on the Pacific Ocean coast of Colombia, the place nearly all of Afro-Colombians stay.

Born in an especially poor household, Murillo studied in Russia on a scholarship and married a Russian lady. He was twice governor of his dwelling province and in addition Colombia’s atmosphere minister. Murillo was arrested by paramilitary teams in 2000 and later moved to Washington together with his household. He tweeted, “It’s a matter of nice accountability to take ahead bilateral relations with the US. We’ll work collectively to strengthen the trail of peace and make coordinated efforts for the prosperity of each international locations.

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