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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Mauritania

Summary

The United States recognized the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on November 28, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Daddah.

Modern Flag of Mauritania

Modern Flag of Mauritania

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Mauritanian Independence, 1960.

The United States recognized the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on November 28, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Daddah. Mauritania had been previously under French sovereignty.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on November 28, 1960, when Ambassador Henry S. Villard presented his credentials to Prime Minister Daddah. American Ambassadors to Mauritania also were accredited to Senegal, and were resident at Dakar.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Mauritania, 1962.

The American Embassy at Nouakchott was established on July 14, 1962, with William L. Eagleton, Jr., as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Diplomatic Relations Severed by Mauritania, 1967.

Mauritania severed diplomatic relations with the United States on June 7, 1967, in the wake of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Resumption of Diplomatic Relations, 1969.

The United States and Mauritania resumed diplomatic relations on December 22, 1969, when they announced the decision in a joint communiqué.

Reestablishment of the American Embassy in Mauritania, 1970.

Embassy Nouakchott was reopened on March 4, 1970, with Robert A. Stein as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Mauritania
  • Department of State Country Information: Mauritania

Resources

  • Mauritania in World Wide Diplomatic Archives Index