On Monday, the Venezuelan government received the credentials of Ambassadors Edmund Dillon (Trinidad and Tobago) and Orlando Gomez (Nicaragua) in two ceremonies chaired respectively by President Nicolas Maduro and Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia.
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“The union and brotherhood of our peoples are strengthened,” Maduro tweeted, recalling that Venezuela has maintained diplomatic relations with Trinidad and Tobago and Nicaragua for more than 35 years.
The Bolivarian leader received Dillon’s credentials in the Sol del Peru room of the Miraflores Palace. A graduate of the West Indies University, this Trinidadian officer holds a certificate in management studies and a master’s degree in international relations.
Before being named ambassador to Venezuela, Dillon served as chief of the defense staff between 2006 and 2010, minister of national security and lawmaker between 2015 and 2020.
Plasencia received the credentials of Ambassador Gomez at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this meeting, the diplomats spoke of the friendship ties between the two countries and the importance of regional integration.
“We reaffirmed to the Nicaraguan ambassador our commitment to the Sandinista people,” said Vice Chancellor for Latin America Rander Peña, adding that the partnership between the two countries is strategic.
A former ambassador to Honduras, Uruguay and Argentina, Gomez studied social sciences at the University of Central America (UCA) and the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN). He also pursued postgraduate studies in philosophy, history, English and international relations at European universities.