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Ambassador’s Remarks: New Ambassador to Mauritania

November 24, 2010 at Nouakchott

Press Statement
Ambassador Jo Ellen Powell
U.S. Embassy Nouakchott, Mauritania

I just presented to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz my credentials as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and I thank him for having accepted them.  

I am honored to be the 19th representative of the President of the United States in Mauritania since our countries established relations 50 years ago.  I am also thrilled to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mauritanian independence.  As Ambassador of the first country to recognize Mauritania, I could not have chosen a more memorable moment to begin my tenure here.  

As U.S. Ambassador, I will continue expanding and strengthening the cooperation between our people and support the government in its efforts to build a better future for Mauritanians.  Security, the promotion of peace, tolerance, economic and social development, health and food security are some of the areas in which we will continue collaborating. 

A nation built from diversity and united under Islam, Mauritania -- known as the bridge between Africa and the Arab world -- plays a key role in the region's stability. 

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania and I am confident that we will work together to strengthen democracy, the rule of law, and the respect of human rights -- values which are indispensable for peace and prosperity.