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Mexico OKs U.S. ambassador set to aid in drug warMon Apr 20, 2009 10:40pm EDT
MEXICO CITY, April 20 (Reuters) - Mexico's government has approved Washington's choice as U.S. ambassador of a Cuban American security expert, as the United States steps up efforts to contain escalating drug violence along its southern border.
Carlos Pascual, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and a senior director on the White House's National Security Council staff, was proposed by President Barack Obama in March.
An expert in conflict management, Pascual was born in Cuba and has urged closer U.S. ties with Latin America. Obama was feted by regional leaders at the three-day Summit of the Americas that ended in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.