The Mexican government welcomed the U.S. Senate vote to confirm career diplomat Earl Anthony Wayne as Washington's new ambassador to Mexico.

Mexico is anxious to "continue consolidating the shared vision of an ever more solid bilateral relationship based on cooperation and co-responsibility," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Wayne, since May 2010 the No. 2 diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, will succeed Carlos Pascual as ambassador to Mexico.

Pascual resigned in March after Mexican President Felipe Calderon blasted him for comments the envoy made in diplomatic cables obtained and disseminated by WikiLeaks.

The ambassador's messages to Washington included remarks questioning the sincerity and effectiveness of the Mexican government's battle against drug trafficking.

A member of the U.S. Foreign Service since 1975, Wayne was promoted last December to the rank of Career Ambassador. He served from 2005-2009 as Washington's envoy to Argentina.

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