October 19, 2020
Today, Ambassador William W. Popp presented his diplomatic credentials to President Alejandro Giammattei at the National Palace of Culture, finalizing his official accreditation as the chief representative of the United States in Guatemala.
In his first message to the Guatemalan people, Ambassador Popp highlighted the commitment of the United States with Guatemala to continue promoting mutual goals:
“Guatemala is a key partner for the United States. We are close neighbors with shared values, such as our commitment to strengthening democracy, prosperity, security, and governance. One of my goals is to listen and learn about your culture and history, to further strengthen our political, cultural, and economic ties, so that together we build on what unites us. This has never been more important than now, as we work together to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep our citizens safe.”
Ambassador William W. Popp is a career diplomat with the United States Foreign Service. Prior to arriving in Guatemala, he was Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. Before that, he served as Political Counselor, and then as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, at the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He also was the Director of the Office of Regional Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the 2015 Summit of the Americas.