Ambassador Cianchette returns to Maine

Posted June 19, 2009, at 8:37 p.m.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — U.S. Ambassador Peter Cianchette ended his term of office in Costa Rica on Friday, according to a press release from the United States Embassy.

“It has been the highest honor for me to represent the United States and to serve as ambassador to Costa Rica,” said Ambassador Cianchette.

On May 8, 2008, the South Portland businessman was sworn in as Ambassador Cianchette in Washington for his new job as ambassador to Costa Rica. The Senate had confirmed his appointment the previous week. Cianchette was the 2002 Republican nominee for governor of Maine and headed the Bush-Cheney campaign in Maine two years later. As ambassador, he succeeded Texas businessman Mark Langdale, who had held the post since 2005.

Cianchette said that his most memorable experiences in Costa Rica have come as a direct result of partnerships between Costa Rica and the United States, and include the implementation of the Central American Free Trade Agreement, as well as numerous security, educational, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts that have benefited the people of Costa Rica and the U.S.

Cianchette commended both the Bush and Obama administrations for their dedication to the region and commitment to supporting democracies and working to find shared solutions to shared problems such as organized crime, drug trafficking and gangs, using tools such as the Merida Initiative, a multiyear regional effort that will support Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in combating those shared challenges.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and look forward to returning to my home state of Maine,” Cianchette said.

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