Friday, June 06, 2008

New U.S ambassador in Costa Rica

U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Peter Cianchette, a Maine Republican, presented his credentials Saturday to Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno, beginning his new post after former Ambassador Mark Langdale left late last year.

Cianchette said he would promote trade, tourism and investment between Costa Rica and the United States and help Costa Rica join the Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA).

Cianchette added that he looks to President Oscar Arias for help in the war on drugs, terrorism and human trafficking.

Cianchette served in Maine's state legislature from 1996 to 2000. He is a partner in the private investment firm CHK Capital Partners and president of The Cianchette Group, a public affairs management and business consulting firm. Prior to his arrival last month, Cianchette had never been to Costa Rica.

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