Harare, June 29 2018- The United States Senate on Thursday confirmed Ambassador-designate Brian Nichols as Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe. The confirmation by the Senate completes the nomination process by the United States government and the top American diplomat will travel to Zimbabwe to start his assignment after presenting credentials to the Zimbabwean President. At the same sitting, the U.S. Senate also confirmed Tibor Nagy as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
Ambassador Designate Nichols becomes the 14th White House representative after Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. The veteran diplomat, whose career in the U.S. Foreign Service started in 1989, comes to Zimbabwe at a time the southern African country is scheduled to hold its first post- Robert Mugabe elections. He has pledged to work with various arms of the United States government to help Zimbabwe along a path of positive change.
“If confirmed, I look forward to close and continued collaboration with our Congress to help Zimbabwe along a path of positive change,” said Ambassador Nichols during a confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 21.
“As we continue to support Zimbabwe’s democratic development, we must also continue to invest in the people of Zimbabwe—in healthcare, people-to-people exchanges, humanitarian aid, and business development—to preserve the human capital needed to grow and improve Zimbabwe in the future.”
He told the Committee that Zimbabwe could restore it’s centuries old legacy that had tremendous influence on the rest of the African continent. “Today’s Zimbabweans can look back across the centuries at a creative and complex civilization that built Great Zimbabwe and influenced an entire continent,” said Ambassador Nichols. “I have faith that with our support, once given the opportunity to communicate, organize, and express their will, the people of Zimbabwe will find the best path forward and pursue it successfully.”
In his previous assignment, Ambassador Nichols served as the Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Previously, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Peru, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
He also served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2001 to 2004. In Indonesia, he worked to assist the Indonesian government respond to the Bali bombing terrorist attack, strengthen rule of law institutions, and consolidate its democracy.
Mr. Nichols earned a B.S. from Tufts University. He is the recipient of twenty State Department awards, including a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service and the Charles E. Cobb, Jr. Award for Trade Development.- ZimPAS © June 29, 2018