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US ambassador bids farewell to Kuwait to take up next post as US ambassador to Yemen
April 21, 2014, 10:52 am
H.E. Mathew Tueller

The US Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Mathew Tueller stressed that bilateral relations between the United States and Kuwait were strong on both public and official levels. And though 1990 was a major turning point of bilateral relations between both countries as a result of the Iraqi invasion, relations between the two nations go back a long way in history, namely 1912, when a US Medical mission arrived to Kuwait to set up the first American hospital.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference held on the occasion of the end of his tenure in Kuwait, Ambassador Tueller pointed out that Kuwaiti students had been studying in American Universities for over 50 years and that both countries cooperate in various fields including medicine and education.

Elaborating on his posting, Ambassador Tueller said that representing the US was a great honor and it was his third tenure in Kuwait, as he had been previously posted in Kuwait from 1991-94, from 2004 - 07  and 2011-14.  “I witnessed so many changes  in Kuwait during these periods,” he said, noting that Kuwaiti youth have strong ambitions and determination to work on building a better future for Kuwait.

On regional developments Ambassador Tueller remarked that the region has been witnessing considerable changes and, together with Kuwait, the US government had worked on securing a safer life for the people in the region and in fulfilling their aspirations. He also noted that his successor has served for several years in the region and that he would be keen on resuming and boosting the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Speaking on trade and commerce Ambassador Tueller noted that trade had increased by more than 167 percent since he took over in 2011, and Kuwait has become one of the most important economies in the region. He further elaborated that Kuwait had its values and traditions and that it has a constitution that values the rights of women, which was made clear in granting women the right to vote and be elected in parliamentary elections and to hold many senior official positions.

Matthew H. Tueller arrived in Kuwait on 23 September, 2011.  He was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait by President Barack Obama on 4 May, 2011.  His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 30 June, 2011, and he was sworn in by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns on 8 September. 

Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller, of the State of Utah, is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and his other overseas assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Cairo; Political Minister Counselor at the Embassy in Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Kuwait; Political Counselor at the Embassy in Riyadh; Chief of the U.S. Office in Aden, Yemen; Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Doha; Political Officer at the Embassy in London; and Political Officer and Consular Officer at the Embassy in Amman.  His Washington assignments have included Deputy Director in the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs and Egypt Desk Officer.  Ambassador Tueller holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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