U.S. Ambassador to Mexico steps down from position

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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta S. Jacobson raises her glass in a toast as she attends a ceremony to place the first stone of the new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

The United States ambassador to Mexico has submitted her resignation and announced that she would be stepping down from her position in May.

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson announced the news on Twitter in Spanish Thursday, saying that she is leaving her post in search of other opportunities.

“After more than thirty-one years of U.S. Government service, I have come to the difficult decision that it is the right time to move on to new challenges and adventures,” Jacobson said. “This decision is all the more difficult because of my profound belief in the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and knowledge that it is at a crucial moment.”

The ambassador’s resignation will be effective on May 5, two years after she was sworn in as ambassador. She also said that she has no news to share yet regarding who her successor will be.

Jacobson is an experienced diplomat who was nominated for the post in 2015 by then President Barrack Obama, before being confirmed in the spring of 2016. She worked closely with the Obama administration in its efforts to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, as well as in brokering peace deals between the government of Colombia and the guerrilla group FARC.

According to U.S. Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, Jacobson had informed State Secretary Rex Tillerson of her plans to step down from her position back in January when he visited Mexico. However, Jacobson agreed to remain in her post until May to make sure there will be a smooth transition at the office.

President Donald Trump’s negative comments about Mexicans and immigrants, as well as his persistent calls for Mexico to pay to build a wall along the U.S. border, have continued to sour the relationship between the two nations. Last month, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled an official trip to Washington, where he was scheduled to personally meet with Trump.