Washington (March 02, 2018): The United States ambassador to Mexico has announced that she is stepping down in May.
Roberta Jacobson made the announcement in a tweet in Spanish on Thursday, “I will be departing at the beginning of May, in search of other opportunities.”The resignation comes at a time when US relations with Mexico have been strained over issues related to trade and migration and, Jacobson ended her tweet stating, “We are Stronger Together!”
“I do it knowing the US-Mexico relationship is strong and vital and that this amazing Mission Mexico team will continue to ensure it remains so,” she adds. “At this time, I have no news to share on my successor.”A source close to Jacobson said, “it was a tough job and she is looking for new opportunities outside government after 31 years.”
Jacobson is an experienced US diplomat who was nominated to the position in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed the following spring.
She was closely involved with the Obama administrations’ efforts to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba in her previous role at the helm of the agency’s western hemisphere bureau as well as efforts to broker a peace deal between the Colombia government and the guerrilla group FARC.State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the agency is grateful for Jacobson’s service.
“She has certainly done a tremendous job in representing US interest with the government of Mexico,” said Nauert.
Jacobson is the latest in a series of high-ranking US diplomats to step down in recent months. Earlier this week, Ambassador Joseph Yun, the top diplomat in charge of North Korea policy, announced his resignation. In January, the US ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, also announced he would be stepping down.