THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES LAURENCE E. POPE AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KUWAIT
The President announced today his intent to nominate Laurence E. Pope to be U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.
Ambassador Laurence E. Pope, of Maine, is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. Since August 1997, Ambassador Pope has been political advisor to General Anthony C. Zinni, Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command. Ambassador Pope was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Chad from August 1993 to July 1996. He joined the Foreign Service in 1969. From 1985 to 1987, he was Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires in Manama, Bahrain. He returned to the State Department as Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987-1990). In 199l he was named Associate Coordinator for Counter terrorism; and in January 1993, he became acting coordinator of that office. In 1996, the State Department assigned Ambassador Pope as diplomat in residence at Clark-Atlanta University during the 1996-1997 academic year.
Ambassador Pope is a graduate of Bowdoin College and a former Peace Corps volunteer. He speaks French and Arabic.