President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. General McMaster is a graduate of West Point and received a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel

America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority. To

United States Condemns Attack in Mali

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the cowardly attack on a military camp in Gao that houses government forces and members of the primary armed groups that signed the Malian peace accord. We are aware of reports that the attack was engineered by a suicide

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

Launching Ceremony of the Ninth English Access Program

His Excellency Mr. Irvin Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy Nouakchott presided over this morning at the Nouakchott English Center (NEC), the launching ceremony of the ninth English Access Program. This major program initiated by our embassy will enabled this year 120 students of 13 to 18 years old, from different secondary schools in Nouakchott Rosso, and

Graduation Ceremony of the Eighth English Access Program

The Embassy of the United States of America, in collaboration with the Mauritanian Ministry of Education, held a graduation ceremony of the eighth English Access Microscholarship Program this morning.  The ceremony was hosted by the Nouakchott English Center (NEC) and the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Mauritania, Ousmane Cissé presided. This year’s program has enabled 120 talented

President Abdul Aziz’s Strong Statement in Favor of Presidential Term Limits is a Shining Example for the Arab World and Africa

The United States congratulates President Mohamed Abdul Aziz for speaking forcefully in favor of Presidential term limits in his address to the Mauritanian people on 20 October.  President Abdul Aziz emphasized the importance of the constitution “anchoring democracy on public interest” rather than on personal interests of a specific individual or of a small group of individuals.  We note that

Detainee Transfer Announced

Press Operations Release No: NR-371-16 Oct. 17, 2016 The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Mohamedou Ould Slahi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Mauritania. On July 14, 2016, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the

WHO Grant Signing

Today, the Embassy of the United States in Nouakchott, Mauritania signed a $350,000 grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) for it to assist the Ministry of Health in developing national policies and plans for effective infection prevention and control/WASH Programs in Mauritania. This grant is proof of the solid partnership that exists between the US Embassy here and the

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,

Completion of the Department’s Largest Wind Turbine at the new U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania

In celebration of Earth Day, the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO)is pleased to announce the completion of the Department’s largest power-generating wind turbine at the new U.S. Embassy in Mauritania. The 50 kilowatt (kW) turbine in Nouakchott is expected to generate nearly 142 megawatt hours (MWh) per year—roughly 13 average American homes – as well as save

Mauritania to Co-host Launching of International Health Regulations/Global Health Security Strategic Planning and Implementation Meeting

Mauritania to hold Security Strategic Planning and Health Implementation Meeting Nouakchott, Mauritania – From January 26 to 29, the Mauritanian Government in collaboration with the World Health Organization, US Embassy/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and international partners will begin developing a strategic plan to implement Global Health Security Agenda activities to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging infectious diseases,

Three Fuel Fields Constructed in Zouerat, Tidjikja, and Ouassa Airfields

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – The Mauritanian Air Force, in partnership with the US Embassy through the Office of Security Cooperation, took possession of three fuel fields at Zouerat, Tidjikja, and Ouassa Airfields in February. The construction of the fuel fields is intended to upgrade the support infrastructure of the Mauritanian Air Force and improve air operations throughout the country. The new

Mauritania to Co-host International Flintlock 2016 Military Exercise

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA –From December 13 to 18, dozens of military planners from Africa, North America and Europe met to prepare for Flintlock 2016, the largest Special Operations Forces exercise in Africa. Beginning in early February 2016, Senegalese and Mauritanian military units will welcome Special Operations Forces from more than 19 European and North American countries to train alongside soldiers from

Detainee Transfer Announced

Press Operations Release No: NR-412-15 October 29, 2015 The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Mauritania. As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined

Press Release (September 22, 2015)

On September 28, 2015, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and following U.S. laws and regulations, all Mauritanian tourist visa recipients (visa class B) will be charged an additional $70 issuance fee.  This fee will not affect other visa classes. In March, the Embassy was made aware that Mauritania charges U.S. citizens $230 for 12 month, multiple entry B

Mauritania to have a Record Number of Fellows Studying in the U.S. in 2015

The United States Embassy in Mauritania is proud to announce that 19 Mauritanian students have been selected to participate in our various academic exchange programs for 2015-2016. These students have competed months of interviews and examinations to be selected for one of the various programs.  They were finally selected following reviews both locally and in Washington, D.C. in order to

African Air Chiefs Symposium 2015

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – The Mauritanian air force, in partnership with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, will co-host the African Air Chiefs Symposium here from Sept. 14 to 17. Air Chiefs from 20 countries will attend, including; Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria,

Graduation Ceremony of the Seventh English Access Program

His Excellency Mr. Ryan Grizzle, Deputy Chief of Mission ad interim of the US Embassy Nouakchott and Dr. Toumbo Mbaye, the Director of Nouakchott English Center, presided over this morning at the Teachers’ College of Nouakchott (ENS), the graduation ceremony of the seventh English Access Program. This major program initiated by our embassy has enabled this year 120 students of

U. S. Embassy Responds to Release of Human Rights Activist

We welcome the humanitarian decision by the government of Mauritania to grant the provisional release of Djby Sow, President of the civil society organization ‘Kawtal Ngam Yelitare,’ on medical grounds.  We await a decision on the appeal of the legal proceedings against Djiby Sow and his fellow prisoners, Mr.Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of

U.S Embassy Supports Education in Mauritania through English Learning

On May 21, the U.S. ambassador to Mauritania, his Excellency Larry André in conjunction with Mr. Diallo Harouna, senior advisor to the Minister of Education, presided over the launching ceremony of the eighth edition of the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program at the Nouakchott English Center (NEC). The Access program will provide 120 Mauritanian students, aged 13-18 years old from secondary

Four Mauritanians to Attend the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Out of thirty-nine young Mauritanian candidates who applied for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, also called YALI, four have been selected to participate. An initiative of President Obama, 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 from this year

Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command–Africa inaugurates new Mauritanian Army Unit

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA (April 26, 2015) – U.S. Army Brig Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command – Africa, arrived here yesterday to commemorate the inauguration of a new Mauritanian military unit that was years in the making. Mauritania’s new Action Civilo-Militaire (ACM) unit was inaugurated in a ceremony today attended by U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, Larry André; Chief

Press Release (April 6, 2015)

The United States welcomes recent steps to implement the Roadmap for the Eradication of the Vestiges of Slavery, including the Ulema’s fatwa issued March 30 and the Cabinet’s proposed amendments to the law on slavery issued April 2. We await the decision on the appeal of the legal proceedings against Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for

Press Release (February 4, 2015)

The American people cherish the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression.  Ambassador André compliments the behavior of the Mauritanians who gathered at the embassy today to express their viewpoint on the issue of the two Mauritanian detainees at the Guantanamo facility.  They expressed their views clearly and peacefully.  Those views were heard and will be shared with senior officials in

STATEMENT BY JEFFREY RATHKE DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PRESS RELATIONS on Convictions in Mauritania of Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, Brahim Bilal Ramdhane and D

The United States government is closely following the legal proceedings against Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, President of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), IRA Vice President Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, and Djiby Sow, President of Kawal e Yelitaare.  We are deeply concerned by the January 15 court decision to convict and sentence them to two years’

Press Release on the 2015 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award

On January 20, Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch in honor of, Malouma Meydah, the 2015 Mauritanian Woman of Courage Award winner, and a nominee for the United States Department of State International Woman of Courage Award.  Mauritania’s singer of the people and Senator was recognized for her more than 30 years of exceptional courage and leadership for advocating for

Ambassador Larry André hosts lunch with the Majority Party and Civil Society

Ambassador Larry André hosted a lunch on Monday, January 12, 2015, as a part of his ongoing, open dialogue with Mauritanians concerning priority issues for both nations.   The lunch followed meetings on January 7 with UPR and January 8 with civil society groups.  The Ambassador and the attendees sought to foster greater collaboration towards ending the tragic heritage of slavery. 

Press Statement – December 24, 2014

We are closely monitoring the situation of the activists from the “Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement” who are facing judicial proceedings in Rosso. We call upon the government of Mauritania to ensure that these and all judicial proceedings are fair, transparent, and objective. The U.S. Embassy maintains an ongoing dialogue with the Mauritanian authorities on the subject

Press Release from the Consular Section concerning on-site fee collection

In accordance with U.S. Department of State policy and regulations, starting January 1, 2015, all Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applicants at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott will be required to pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) fee on the day of their interview at the Embassy.  The MRV fee can be paid in cash, in either U.S. dollars or Ouguiya equivalent.  Credit

The American Embassy Funds Programs

As part of its Self /Help USADF program, which is designed to assist the poor of Mauritania through the creation of small income-generating projects, a sum of $40,000 (approximately 12, 000,000 UM) has been granted by the Embassy of the United States of America in Mauritania to the following associations:  The Artisanal Cooperative of Nafa, in Tevragh  Zeina-Nouakchott: This project

The American Embassy Funds Programs

As part of the Self Help program whose main mission is to help the poor of Mauritania, a sum of $ 40,000 (about 12, 000,000 UM) was granted by the Embassy of the United States of America to the following Associations:  Women’s Cooperative of Dolol: This is an agricultural cooperative owned by women in the village of Dolol, Gorgol District.

Funding Projects

As part of its program to assist civil society in its efforts for the promotion and protection of civil and political rights in Mauritania, the Embassy of the United States of America has contributed $ 35,000 dollars (about 10.5 million UM) to the following NGOs: The Organization for a Green and Democratic Mauritania This project consists of radio broadcasting of

Mauritania and the United States Co-host Air Force Training for Six African Nations

African Partnership Flight (APF) Mauritania, cohosted by the Mauritanian government and the U.S. Air Force, brought more than fifty African airmen from six African nations  including, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Tunisia together at Atar Air Base in Atar, Mauritania this past week for a training program conducted by the U.S. Air Force.  APF Mauritania is the premier

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