La Jornada – Mexico’s ambassador to Canada resigns

Mexico City. Career Ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho has tendered his resignation as head of the Mexican Embassy in Canada to join the academy at Johns Hopkins University.

In a letter to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the diplomat also resigned as a member of the Mexican Foreign Service (SEM) to which he had been affiliated since 1988.

Gomez Camacho emphasized that his decision was not easy or quick. “After all, for more than three decades, the State Department has been my home and the Diplomatic Corps my family.” He stressed that he is participating in the struggle for the poorest and most disadvantaged in Mexico under the leadership of the Federal President

He explained that after long reflections, he concluded, “It is time to explore other paths. Thus, I have decided to accept the invitation of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, to join it as a professor and lecturer.”

In the letter dated April 26 this year, Gómez Camacho thanked President López Obrador for considering him head of the diplomatic representation of Mexico in Ottawa, a position that was ratified by the Senate in March 2019. To replace Dionisio Pérez-Jacom.

“It has been a privilege to serve our beloved country for 34 years as your diplomat, and to accompany your government during these past three years has been a great honor.”

He added, “Mr President, I join you in your fight for the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Mexico. As long as we are not all able to bridge these tragic gaps of inequality and injustice, we will never have the country to which we aspire and undoubtedly deserve.”

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He pointed out that through his role as an ambassador, he always tried to contribute to it and will continue to do so now from university life, through ideas and training of young people.

“Accept, Mr. President, my sincere thanks for the honor you have bestowed upon me by sending me as the representative of Mexico and its Government to Canada and always counting on my commitment to continue working for our country wherever I may be. Let me also say that it has also been a great honor to work under the guidance and hand of Secretary of State Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon Gomez Camacho concluded in his resignation letter.

For 34 years, Gomez Camacho has been part of SEM. He holds a law degree from the University of Iberoamericana and a master’s degree in international law from Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He has extensive experience as a negotiator for Mexico, in both bilateral and multilateral areas, on a wide range of related issues such as political, human rights, telecommunications, nuclear and conventional disarmament, among others.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Canada, he was the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York. His long career also includes the Mexican Embassy in the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

was the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and other international organizations based in Geneva; Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.

At the State Department, among other positions, he was Director General of Human Rights and Democracy and worked as a lawyer for the Mexican state in international human rights litigation.

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He also served as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States.

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