Diego C. Asencio

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Diego Asencio
Diego C. Asencio and Ronald Reagan.jpg
1983, (on right)
17th United States Ambassador to Colombia
In office
December 6, 1977 – June 22, 1980
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Phillip V. Sanchez
Succeeded by Thomas D. Boyatt
21st United States Ambassador to Brazil
In office
December 20, 1983 – February 28, 1986
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Langhorne A. Motley
Succeeded by Harry W. Shlaudeman
Personal details
Born (1931-07-15) July 15, 1931 (age 85)
Profession Diplomat

Diego Cortes Asencio (born July 15, 1931) is a diplomat and former United States Ambassador to Colombia (1977–1980) and United States Ambassador to Brazil (1983–86). He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations.[1]

In 1980 Asencio was - along with a dozen other diplomats - held hostage for 61 days when members of the guerrilla group 19th of April Movement (M-19), led by Rosemberg Pabón, seized the Dominican Republic's embassy in Bogotá.[2]



Article, Washington Post, Dateline Bogota, Colombia, Feb 28, 1980, by Charles A Krause, "Envoy Takes Charge" U.S. Ambassador Wins Respect From All With Candor, Wit and Confident Manner

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Phillip V. Sanchez
United States Ambassador to Colombia
December 6, 1977 – June 22, 1980
Succeeded by
Thomas D. Boyatt
Government offices
Preceded by
Barbara M. Watson
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
August 29, 1980 – November 21, 1983
Succeeded by
Joan M. Clark
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Langhorne A. Motley
United States Ambassador to Brazil
December 20, 1983 – February 28, 1986
Succeeded by
Harry W. Shlaudeman