Agence France-PresseApril 23, 2013 20:00
President Nicolas Maduro named a ruling party lawmaker as Venezuela's charge d'affaires in Washington Tuesday, taking "positive note" of a US statement denying it was considering sanctions against Caracas.
"I have decided to name deputy Calixto Ortega as the charge d'affaires in the embassy in Washington to increase the dialogue with US society," Maduro said.
Ortega would replace Angelo Rivera, who currently holds the post. The two countries, which have long had strained relations, have not been represented by ambassadors since 2010.