Five months after being approved by the Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Senate confirmed Adam Namn as the new U.S. Ambassador in Ecuador.
Last month, Namn was the only diplomat in the Western Hemisphere that was excluded by the Senate, after passing six other nominations. In November of 2011, Namn appeared before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, were he said he would not hesitate to criticize the government of Rafael Correa even though his predecessor in office was expelled earlier this year.
Although he described as “disappointing” the decision of the Ecuadorian government to eliminate the military base in Manta city, Namn praised the cooperation of the Ecuadorian authorities in counternarcotic efforts, which allowed an increase in cocaine seizures in 2011.
Since 2009, Namn has served as Director of the Foreign Buildings Office and has held several positions at the embassies in Bogotá and Santo Domingo. This will be his first appointment as ambassador.