Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri has tapped a top United Nations official to be the country‘s next foreign minister.
Macri announced on his Facebook page Tuesday that he picked Susana Malcorra, Cabinet chief for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon since 2012.
Macri said “she is intelligent, vigorous and wise” adding she comes to “add her vision about the international issues in this phase of change we will begin soon.” The Buenos Aires Herald reports.
He hopes Malcorra would help Argentina to “connect with other countries to develop opportunities of growth.”
Malcorra is highly respected at the U.N. She will replace Hector Timmerman, appointed by outgoing President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has had trying relations with the United States while aligning Argentina with Venezuela.
Macri has promised to forge better relations with other countries in Latin America and beyond.