United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

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Ambassador of the United States to the United Arab Emirates
سفير الولايات المتحدة الأميركية في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
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Incumbent
Michael H. Corbin

since July 28, 2011
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder William A. Stoltzfus, Jr.
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation February 29, 1972
Website U.S. Embassy - Abu Dhabai

The Ambassador of the United States to the United Arab Emirates is the official representative of the President of the United States to the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each ruled by an emir. Until 1971 the sheikhdoms had been protectorates of the United Kingdom, known as the Trucial States. On December 1, 1971 The U.K. ended its relationship with the Trucial States and the sheikhdoms became independent. On December 2 the sheikhdoms united to form the United Arab Emirates.

The United States recognized the independence of the United Arab Emirates the next day, December 3. Diplomatic relations were established on March 20, 1972, when Envoy William A. Stoltzfus, Jr. presented his credentials to the government of the United Arab Emirates. Stoltzfus was concurrently accredited to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman, and the UAE while resident at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. During Stolzfus’ tenure as non-resident Ambassador, the embassy in Abu Dhabi was established on May 15, 1972, with Philip J. Griffin as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. The first ambassador solely accredited to the UAE was Michael Sterner, who presented his credentials on May 24, 1974.[1]

The U.S. embassy to the UAE is located in Abu Dhabi.

Ambassadors and chiefs of mission[edit]

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • William A. Stoltzfus, Jr.[2] – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: February 29, 1972
    • Presentation of Credentials: March 20, 1972
    • Termination of Mission: Appointment terminated June 23, 1974
  • Michael Sterner – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 24, 1974
    • Presentation of Credentials: June 24, 1974
    • Termination of Mission: Left post August 24, 1976
  • Francois Dickman – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 16, 1976
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 14, 1976
    • Termination of Mission: Left post August 4, 1979
  • William D. Wolle – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 28, 1979
    • Presentation of Credentials: December 15, 1979
    • Termination of Mission: Left post April 6, 1981

Note: Patrick N. Theros served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, April 1981-October 1982.

  • George Quincey Lumsden, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 2, 1982
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 13, 1982
    • Termination of Mission: Left post January 28, 1986
  • David Lyle Mack – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 12, 1986
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 7, 1986
    • Termination of Mission: Left post October 24, 1989
  • Edward S. Walker, Jr. – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: November 21, 1989
    • Presentation of Credentials: January 16, 1990
    • Termination of Mission: Left post June 23, 1992
  • William Arthur Rugh – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 9, 1992
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 3, 1992
    • Termination of Mission: Left post June 1, 1995
  • David C. Litt – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 3, 1995
    • Presentation of Credentials: October 23, 1995
    • Termination of Mission: Left post October 13, 1998
  • Theodore H. Kattouf – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: October 1, 1998
    • Presentation of Credentials: April 4, 1999
    • Termination of Mission: Left post August 12, 2001
  • Marcelle Wahba – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 17, 2001
    • Presentation of Credentials: November 6, 2001
    • Termination of Mission: Left post June 17, 2004
  • Michele J. Sison – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: May 12, 2004
    • Presentation of Credentials: February 7, 2005
    • Termination of Mission: 2008
  • Martin R. Quinn - Career FSO
    • Chargé d'Affaires a.i. January 18, 2008 - September 8, 2008
  • Richard Olson – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: September 28, 2008
    • Presentation of Credentials: 2008
    • Termination of Mission: May 2, 2011
  • Douglas C. Greene
    • Chargé d'Affaires a.i. May 2, 2011 – July 28, 2011[3]
  • Michael H. Corbin – Career FSO[4][5]
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointment: July 25, 2011
    • Presentation of Credentials: July 28, 2011[6]
    • Termination of Mission: Incumbent

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "United Arab Emirates". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  2. ^ Also accredited to Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar; resident at Kuwait.
  3. ^ "Chargé d'Affaires, a.i.". United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Ambassador Michael H. Corbin". United States Department of State, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Michael H. Corbin". United States Department of State. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  6. ^ "The New US Ambassador Presents Credentials". United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 

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