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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release December 29, 2000

PRESIDENT NAMES PETER F. ROMERO ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN

HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of Peter F. Romero as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Mr. Romero was nominated to the Senate on September 9, 1998.

Mr. Peter F. Romero, of Hollywood, Florida, joined the Foreign Service in 1977 and is now a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He is currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Mr. Romero has previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador. During his 22-year foreign service career, he has been posted to Santo Domingo, Naples, Rome, and San Salvador.

Mr. Romero received his B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University.

The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, as directed by the Assistant Secretary, is responsible for the general conduct of U.S. foreign relations with the countries within Central and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. The Assistant Secretary assists the Secretary of State in providing overall direction, coordination, and supervision of interdepartmental activities of the U.S. government in the countries noted above. This includes ensuring the adequacy of U.S. policy in these regions and of the plans, programs, resources and performance for implementing that policy.

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