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Richard H. Jones
Ambassador, State of Kuwait
Term of Appointment: 09/24/2001 to 08/01/2004

Richard H. Jones was sworn-in as the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait on September 24. During a morning ceremony held at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns highlighted the Ambassador's experience and expertise in the strategically important Middle East region.

Assistant Secretary Burns also reiterated appreciation for Kuwait's pledge to support the United States in the war against terrorism. Reaffirming the vibrant relationship between the United States and Kuwait, Ambassador Jones expressed pride in his new appointment.

"My family and I are looking forward to making new friends in Kuwait. I hope to enrich the warm bonds of friendship between our two countries."

Ambassador Jones served as the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan from 1998-2001. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon from 1996-1998. Previous assignments at the State Department include Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs and Director of the Office of Developed Country Trade. Assigned on two separate occasions to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Jones served in Riyadh as Counselor for Political Affairs and as an economic officer specializing in the petroleum field. He was also assigned to the U.S. mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.

Ambassador Jones has received several U.S. government awards for excellence in performance while serving in Lebanon and in Saudi Arabia and for his participation in commercial and trade negotiations.

Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1976, Ambassador Jones earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and an M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he was also named a University Fellow. In 1980, he received a Ph. D. in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was graduated from the State Department's Senior Seminar in 1993.

Ambassador Jones was born on August 26, 1950 at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. His foreign languages are Arabic, French, German, and Russian. He and his wife, Joan, have four children, two of whom will be accompanying them to Kuwait.

 


Released on August 31, 2004

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