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Introducing James Costos, U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

19 September 2013

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2013. It features U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James Costos, who speaks about his prior visits to Spain with his partner Michael Smith. Ambassador Costos shares his experience building commercial brands and managing business relationships in multiple countries. He looks forward to working with the government and the people of Spain to further strengthen ties of friendship and trust.

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[JAMES COSTOS] ¡Hola! Soy James Costos.

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I am honored to be the new U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

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[TEXT: James Costos: U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra]

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Seven years ago my partner, Michael, and I made our first trip
to Spain.

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Since then we have returned nearly every year to explore the
different areas of your fascinating country.

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We are excited to return in our official role and enjoy more of your
rich culture, traditions and hiking in the mountains.

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In Spain, Mike and I plan to showcase American culture similar to
the way the first lady and President Obama

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have done at the White House.

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Nearly three centuries ago, Father Junípero Serra traveled to
California, where he founded several missions.

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Living in Los Angeles, we visit these historic missions often and
hike the trails nearby with our three dogs.

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This one, named Lily, will be joining us in Spain.

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Father Junípero Serra is part of our shared history, and like him,
we are looking forward to beginning our mission in Spain.

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Today, the United States and Spain are working together to build a
more peaceful and prosperous world.

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I’ve spent the last several decades building commercial businesses,
from consumer goods to media brands.

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I’ve managed business relationships in multiple countries.

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At this critical time in Spain and throughout the E.U., I will
prioritize economic engagement

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and promote trans-Atlantic ties to benefit both our economies and our
citizens.

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[TEXT: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership]

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We can’t wait to experience more of your wonderful culture and
traditions,

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and most of all to work with the government and the people of Spain
to further strengthen our ties of friendship and trust.

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We look forward to meeting you all
soon! ¡Hasta pronto!

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[TEXT: Connect with us: madrid.usembassy.gov
facebook.com/madrid.usembassy
@USembassyMadrid]

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[TEXT: Produced by the U.S. Department of State]

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[TEXT: Select Photos © AP Images
Select Photos Courtesy Department of Defense]