December 11, 2013
Paraguay appoints new ambassadors to Argentina, Venezuela
ASUNCIóN — Paraguay has resumed full diplomatic relations with Argentina and Venezuela by appointing new ambassadors to its fellow Latin American countries, just over a year after they were suspended in the wake of Asunción’s decision to impeach former president Fernando Lugo.
Paraguay’s Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga announced to reporters that President Horacio Cartes had appointed Nicanor Duarte, who served as president from 2003 to 2008, as ambassador to Argentina. Enrique Jara, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will represent Asunción in Venezuela.
After Lugo’s impeachment, Paraguay was suspended from the Mercosur and Unasur regional blocs, after the move was declared a consitutional coup. After Cartes’ election on April 21 this year, sanctions against Asunción were lifted.