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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 3, 2000
                      U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BAHRAIN

     The President announced today his intent to nominate Ronald E.

Neumann to be U.S. Ambassador to the State of Bahrain.

Mr. Ronald E. Neumann, of Arlington, Virginia, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. Mr. Neumann was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in September l997. Previously he served as Ambassador to Algeria (l994-l997). He began his government service as an infantry officer (Vietnam, l969-l970) and entered the Foreign Service in l970. After an initial tour in Senegal, he began to specialize in the Middle East, particularly in the region of the Arabian Peninsula. He served in Tabriz, Iran; as Deputy Chief of Mission in Yemen; Deputy Chief of Mission in the United Arab Emirates, and as Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs. He was also the director of the Iraq-Iran Office. Mr. Neumann also served in the Office of Southern European Affairs, as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and as Jordan desk officer.

Mr. Neumann earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from the University of California at Riverside. Mr. Neumann also attended the National War College in l990-l99l.