On Thursday afternoon Todd Chapman, the new U.S. ambassador to Brazil, received the Venezuelan ambassador, Maria Teresa Belandria, at his residence in Brasilia. The meeting, which lasted two hours, allowed both diplomats to share important information on different topics of interest, such as the progress of the Covid-19 in Venezuela, the situation of Venezuelan refugees in Brazil and the continuous and important cooperation of the U.S. government and agencies such as USAID to alleviate the Venezuelan crisis. During the meeting, aspects related to security and defense were also discussed.
Nominated by President Donald Trump and ratified by the U.S. Senate in February 2020 to fill the position of U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman arrived in the Brazilian capital on March 29th in the midst of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He served as ambassador to Ecuador from 2016 to 2019.
Chapman took advantage of the meeting to declare his commitment to strengthen the relationship between the Trump government and the interim government of President Juan Guaidó through its diplomatic representatives and to continue supporting the struggle of the Venezuelan people for the restitution of democracy in Venezuela. Ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria is the first diplomat accredited in Brazil to be received in an official visit by the U.S. ambassador.