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Newsline: Brazil to name woman as ambassador to Washington for first time

Diplomat Maria Luiza Viotti is expected to be the new Brazilian ambassador in Washington, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday, as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pushes for more women in important diplomatic posts. Her appointment has not yet officially been confirmed by Brazil’s Foreign Ministry, pending talks with U.S. officials. If appointed, she will be the first woman to be Brazilian envoy the United States. (https://neuters.de/world/americas/brazil-name-woman-envoy-washington-first-time-source-2023-01-11/) Viotti’s appointment would need confirmation by the Brazilian Senate. Viotti, who served as chief of staff to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres from 2016-2021, is a top level diplomat who was Brazil’s ambassador to the United Nations and later to Germany. Lula’s government is making an effort to include more women in top diplomatic positions. Ambassador Maria Laura da Rocha was named deputy foreign minister and a woman is also being considered for the embassy in Argentina, the source said.

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