Secretary of State Welcome Remarks to Employees

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s a pleasure to be

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 momentum in support of the

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 has spent her career courageously

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 – Providing

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 independence from Britain. After the

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, on spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience

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 and around the world. Already,

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 Mauritanienne des Droits de l’Homme. She

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 Iftar that the U.S. Government

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 to be finished by October

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 the Mauritanian Exploration and Evaluation

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 later this year in Mauritania!

Ambassador André Interview with part II

Has the U.S. Contributed to the building of a prison in Mauritania? I wanted to revisit a question from my first interview to provide clarification because there have been some questions raised about my previous response.  The United States Government has never contributed to the building of a prison in Mauritania.  As I stated in my previous interview, the United

Ambassador André Interview with

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 wife and I arrived in

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 not extend to the slaves

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 in the attacks in Benghazi,

Ambassador André Meets Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako, Director of the film “Timbuktu”, visited Ambassador Larry André at the Embassy on March 2.  They discussed the importance of film, the arts, and culture in Mauritanian society.  Bravo Sissako for your Oscar nomination and for winning 8 César Awards!!!

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 visit, Dr. Bilukha met with

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 young 21st century. Military force

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 long-standing partnership to improve the

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 Mauritania share. “We are so

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 healthcare facility in closer proximity. 

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 conference for the purpose of

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 vestiges of slavery in the

Mauritanian Gendarme Receives Boats from the U.S. Embassy

On Friday, January 9, the U.S. Embassy handed over four boats to the Mauritanian National Gendarmerie.  Ambassador Larry André and Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Gendarmerie, General Abdellahi Ahmed Aicha spoke at the small ceremony at the U.S. Embassy.  The boats are a part of a larger training and support effort sponsored by the Embassy to assist with law

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.  The ceremony was presided over

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 to Lt Gen Ray, Commander

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 occur in the country. Local

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 with Minister of Economic Affairs

President Obama’s Message on Ebola

Hello.  I want to take a few moments to speak directly to you—the people of West Africa, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.  On behalf of the American people, I want you to know that our prayers are with those of you who have lost loved ones during this terrible outbreak of Ebola.  Along with our partners around

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