U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia March 6, 2018 MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a …

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Let’s Recommit to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

By Rahima Kandahari on November 25, 2017 Worldwide, one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. Given the costs violence poses to individuals, families, communities, and economies, this is a statistic we cannot ignore. On November 25, the global community will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and begin “16 Days …

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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our …

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Brady & Reichert Express Strong Support for AGOA as U.S. Co-Hosts Forum in Togo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued the following statements as the United States and Togo co-host the 2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this week to further strengthen important economic ties between the United States and Africa. Reinforcing …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that political opposition parties are planning several protests throughout Nouakchott, and possibly other areas, leading up to and during the August 5 constitutional referendum. The government of Mauritania has denied authorization for some of these planned protests, but demonstrations may still occur. On July 26, violent confrontations occurred between …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests Planned in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott has learned that political opposition parties are planning several protests throughout Nouakchott this weekend, from July 28 until July 30. The government has denied authorization for some of these planned protests, but demonstrations may still occur regardless of authorization. On July 26, violent confrontations occurred between marching protestors and police …

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Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France in Joint Press Conference | July 13, 2017

Élysée Palace Paris, France 6:44 P.M. CET PRESIDENT MACRON:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  First and foremost, I want to thank President Trump for his visit to Paris this afternoon and tomorrow, tomorrow morning, as well as to thank his delegation.  I was very pleased to be able to welcome President Trump and …

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Remarks at the Small Group Session of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS by Special Presidential Envoy McGurk in Washington, DC

Remarks Brett McGurk Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS, Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition To Counter ISIS Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Iraq Dr. Naufel Al Hassan Washington, DC July 13, 2017 MR MCGURK: Thank you, Terry. Good morning. Distinguished ambassadors, coalition …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

Speech by Chargé d’Affaires July 4, 2017 New Embassy Compound   Ministers, Ambassadors, Honored guests, dear friends and family, Ladies and Gentlemen, – Welcome, Marhaba, Bienvenue, Jam hiiri e mon bandiraabe, Kha sounka ma remmou, Jaam Ken yendu bokeyi On behalf of Ambassador Larry André, who is in Washington DC on a temporary assignment, I …

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Women’s Cooperative Addresses Water and Food Needs in Mauritania

June 2017—In Mauritania’s Guidimakha region—which faces recurrent drought, lack of water access, and persistent food and nutrition insecurity—a women’s cooperative called Dioubaye works to improve access to nutritious food, water and income for its members and community. Dioubaye, which is the name of a local tree, maintained a garden long before receiving USAID assistance in …

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities. At …

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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice …

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Six Mauritanians to Attend the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Out of ninety young Mauritanian candidates who applied for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, also called YALI, six have been selected to participate. This program allows young African leaders to pursue professional development and leadership training at major American universities for periods of 6-8 weeks. The Mauritanian beneficiaries this year are: …

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Statement on the President’s Intent to Nominate Mark Green to Lead the U.S. Agency for International Development

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 10, 2017 I welcome President Trump’s announcement of his intention to nominate Mark Andrew Green as the new Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Mark brings vast experience to this position, having served as a U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, a Member …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is currently a large protest being held in the vicinity of the national hospital. The demonstration started yesterday and recently turned violent. Today, protesters have started smashing out windows of vehicles in cars parked and cars driving through the area. Please avoid the area if at all …

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Mauritania Hosts the First Regional C208 Simulator Training Event

Mauritania Hosts the First Regional C208 Simulator Training Mauritania is currently hosting (April 24-29, 2017) the first regional C208 simulator training event with participation from Mauritanian Air Force (MAF), Niger Air Force, and US Air Force. This event marked the first time the MAF C208 simulator was used between regional partners, and signifies the first …

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Statement of Rex Tillerson, Nominee for Secretary of State

Statement Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC January 11, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Yes, I do have members of my family with me today: My wife Renda for more than 30 years who has kept a welcoming home when I would come back from my many travels and also four sons and …

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U.S. Delegation Meets with Sahel G-5 Permanent Secretariat in Nouakchott

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Department of State’s Africa Bureau Acting Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Barlerin, participated in a one-day workshop in Nouakchott with a Sahel G-5 delegation led by the Permanent Secretary Najim Elhadj Mohamed. The objective of this meeting is to reinforce the U.S. relationship with the G-5, build on regional …

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2017 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award Winner

On December 8th, Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch in honor of Zeynabou Mint Taleb Moussa, the President of the Mauritanian Association for the Mother and the Child Health (AMSME), the 2017 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award winner, and the Mauritanian nominee for the United States Department of State 2017 International Woman of Courage Award.  Zeynabou …

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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – …

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Embassy Nouakchott Celebrates Independence

Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored guests, dear friends and family, Welcome, Bienvenue, Marhaba to our celebration of the 240 year anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. In 1775 armed conflict began between American and British forces over American refusal to pay taxes to the British Parliament where they had no representation.  Only a minority sought …

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Embassy Nouakchott Organizes an Iftar

Good Evening Ramadan Kareem, I extend best wishes to you during this holy month of Ramadan from the American people, from all my colleagues at the United States Embassy, from my family here with me today, and from myself. For many, this month is a time of reflection on the highest values of your faith, …

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Op-Ed by Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield: Transitions and Democracy

This is a crucial year for democracy in Africa. Six countries have already held presidential elections in 2016, and 11 more are preparing for elections.  African leaders have the opportunity to advance democracy and cement their legacies by establishing the conditions for peaceful transitions of power. Their actions will determine democracy’s trajectory across the continent …

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2016 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award Winner

On January 21, Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch in honor of, Fatimata M’baye, the 2016 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award winner, and a nominee for the United States Department of State International Woman of Courage Award.  M’baye was Mauritania’s first ever female attorney and she is the president of local human rights NGO Association …

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Embassy Nouakchott Organizes an Iftar

On June 25th, Ambassador André and Mrs. André hosted an Iftar in honor of guests from the Mauritanian government, diplomatic corps and religious community at their residence in Nouakchott, Mauritania.  In his remarks, Ambassador André highlighted that Ramadan is a special occasion for prayer, meditation, and support for the poorest of the poor, and the …

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New Embassy Reaches Half-way Point of Construction

On June 2nd, Ambassador André presided the topping off of the new U.S embassy compound in Nouakchott.  This is the half-way point of construction of the New United States Embassy.  The Mauritanian government delegation was led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. El Moctar Ould Henda.  The building is expected …

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Ambassador André Visits the Mauritanian Hydrocarbon Drilling Rig off the Mauritania Coast

On Wednesday, May 13, Ambassador André visited the Mauritanian hydrocarbon drilling rig off the Mauritania coast.  The drillship “Atwood Achiever” is a state of the art drilling rig being used by Kosmos Energy.  While touring the facility, Ambassador André and his Embassy colleagues met with the Country Manager of Kosmos Energy, Mahamed Limam, and the Head of …

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Mauritania to Host African Air Chiefs Symposium

Lt. General Darryl Roberson, Commander of the 17 EAF, and General Frank Gorenc, Commander of USAFE-AFAFRICA, hosted Mauritanian Air Force Senior Leaders, including Col. Mohamed Lehreitani.  The visit to Ramstein is to continue ongoing Security Cooperation activities between the U.S. and Mauritania.  Mauritania is proud to co-host this year’s African Air Chiefs Symposium with USAFE-AFAFRICA …

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Ambassador André Interview with Alakhbar.info

Part I Since your arrival in Mauritania you had several meetings both formal and informal, visits and tours, we can say that you achieved in four months, more than what some diplomats did during their entire term in Mauritania, what is the secret of these moves that some time, went over the diplomatic restrictions? My …

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Op-Ed by Ambassador Larry E. André: History of Slavery and its Vestiges in the United States

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1776 in our Declaration of Independence from Britain, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Jefferson’s philosophical commitment to human equality, unfortunately, did …

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Op-Ed by President Obama: Our Fight against Violent Extremism

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We’ve decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large­scale attack like 9/11. At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including …

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Mauritania and the United States: Partners for Ebola Preparedness

On February 9-21, Dr. Oleg Bilukha, Associate Director of Science, Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Center for Global Health, United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC) visited Mauritania.  Dr. Bilukha’s visit was to further discussions on Ebola preparedness with a focus on rapid detection and response in case of a possible future case.  During his …

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Kerry: Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism

Throughout our history, we have faced threats from aggression, genocide, chaos and dictatorship. Today we are asked to wage a new war against a new enemy. The battlefield is different, and so are the weapons that we need to overcome that enemy and triumph. The rise of violent extremism represents the pre-eminent challenge of the …

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Statement of General David M. Rodriguez, the commander of the United States Africa Command (February 2nd, 2015)

Good Afternoon, It is a pleasure to have returned to Mauritania for a second time as the commander of the United States Africa Command.  I thank President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the Mauritanian Ministry of Defense for a memorable and productive visit. Since my last visit, Mauritania and the United States have continued their …

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U.S. Africa Command Leader Highlights U.S.-Mauritania Partnership

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (Feb. 2, 2015) – U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez arrived here yesterday for the second time in his role as Commander, U.S. Africa Command, for consultations with Mauritanian leaders and his U.S. Embassy colleagues. During his visit, Gen. Rodriguez expressed his appreciation for the strong, mutually beneficial relationship that the United States and …

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Ground Breaking of a Health Clinic at Diawling

On Thursday, January 22, Ambassador Larry André, the Africa Special Operations Commander Major General James Linder, as well as Mauritanian Government and Military Officials participated in a ground breaking ceremony for a health clinic in Bouhadrja Village located in Diawling National Park.  The site was chosen due to the dire need of the villagers for a …

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Regional CVE Conference on Encouraging the Spirit of Moderation in order to Build Sustainable Peace

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BISA WILLIAMS Remarks: Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.  It is a pleasure to be back in Nouakchott.  I am honored to represent the United States at this important event along with Deputy Under Secretary for Homeland Security Dr. Ronald Clark.  The government and people of Mauritania have demonstrated vital leadership in convening this …

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United States of America: Slavery, Racial Discrimination, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Monday, 19 January, is a national holiday in my country to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toward making our society more just and united.  He was the most prominent human rights leader in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.  His career focused on ending the …

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Ancient Cities Festival

U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Larry André, Mrs. Larry André, and a Delegation from the American Embassy paid a visit to the historical city of Chinguetti (500 km north of Nouakchott) from January 3-5. They attended the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the annual Cultural Festival of Ancient Cities in Mauritania, held on January 4.  …

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African Air Chiefs Symposium 2015

Good Morning Thank you and congratulations to Diallo Mamadou Bathia, Minister of Defense and Général de Division Mohamed Ghazouani, Chief of Defense for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and Colonel Mohamed Ould Hreytani, Chief of Staff of the Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for co-hosting the 2015 African Air Chiefs Symposium.  Welcome …

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Ambassador André and his Colleagues Visit the PK 14 Health Center/Ebola Treatment Center

On December 18th, 2014, Ambassador André and some Embassy staff visited the of PK 14 health center in the Moughataa of Ryadh district within the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. Ambassador André was given a presentation by Ministry of Health officials on the operations of the center. This infrastructure will play a key role should an Ebola outbreak …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bisa Williams discusses regional security, human rights, and prosperity with President Aziz during visit to Mauritania

Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, visited Mauritania November 26-29, 2014.  Ambassador Williams consulted with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on regional security issues and on topics related to advancing human rights and prosperity, and eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease.  She also shared perspectives on these subjects …

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