- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

KUWAIT CITY (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) Richard Henry Jones has been sworn in as the new U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and is expected to arrive here soon, the American Embassy here announced yesterday.

Mr. Jones, who was sworn in Monday at the State Department, has extensive experience in the Middle East and Central Asia.

He was ambassador to Kazakhstan from 1998 to 2001 and ambassador to Lebanon from 1996 to 1998, the statement said.

Previous assignments at the State Department include director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs.

He was also assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on two separate occasions, as counselor for political affairs and as an economic officer specializing in petroleum issues, the statement added.

Originally from Nebraska, Mr. Jones is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College and received a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

The ambassador and his family are expected to arrive in Kuwait shortly.

Kuwait maintains strong diplomatic and military relations with its U.S. ally. This year, both countries renewed a defense pact, signed after the 1991 Persian Gulf war, for another 10 years.

About 4,500 U.S. military personnel are stationed at Camp Doha, west of Kuwait City, where the American forces stockpile prepositioned military equipment.

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