Ecuador's President Rafael Correa announced Thursday that Francisco Borja, brother of former President Rodrigo Borja, will be the new ambassador to the United States.
Francisco Borja had been Ambassador to Chile and in China between 2007 and 2014, and was currently Culture and Heritage Minister.
The new ambassador will replace Nathalie Cely, the current Ecuadorean ambassador in the U.S.
“Today the United States approved the new ambassador Francisco Borja,” announced President Correa during a press conference in the city of Azogues, in the province of Cañar.
The U.S. is Ecuador's main trading partner, and commerce between both nations reached US$19 billion last year.
Before being involved in politics, Borja was a journalist at Hoy newspaper and Teleamazonas TV network.
Cely will now take over the Ministry of Industries and Production.