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 2016. Ambassador André and some Embassy colleagues; the members of the Mauritanian government’s delegation; the Turkish Ambassador; representatives from Caddell Construction and Enka, who are working on the new building; and several Mauritanian journalists were briefed on the progress of the construction and the technologies used in its building.