Maduro names ambassador to Russia as Venezuela's FM
Ambassador Carlos Faria is appointed by the Venezuelan President as head of the Foreign Ministry.
President Nicolas Maduro named Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa as the Latin American country's new foreign minister, citing his knowledge of the present geopolitical scenario.
"I appointed Ambassador Carlos Faria as head of the Foreign Ministry," Maduro said at a meeting with vice presidents on Monday. "He had been ambassador to Russia for five years and is well aware of the geopolitical situation, the battle for a multipolar world."
Faria thanked the Venezuelan leader for the trust. "Under your instructions, we will work tirelessly to consolidate your peace diplomacy strategy and the legacy of [Former Venezuelan President] Commander Chavez," Faria said on Twitter.
The newly nominated foreign minister will take office on Tuesday. Felix Plasencia, the country's former foreign minister, will now be in charge of the country's international economic growth. His new position will be announced soon.
On another note, during an earlier visit of an Iranian team led by Oil Minister Javad Oji to Venezuela, the minister met separately with a number of high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including President Nicolas Maduro and First Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, to discuss the development of Tehran-Caracas bilateral relations, in addition to meeting and talking with Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck Zaidan El Aissami, Shana news agency reported.