THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 30, 1994
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES RONALD E. NEUMANN
AS AMBASSADOR TO ALGERIA
The President today announced his intention to
nominate Ronald E. Neumann, of California, as
Ambassador to Algeria.
"Ronald Neumann has exhibited dedication and
diplomacy throughout his career," the President said.
"His experience in the Middle East makes him uniquely
qualified for this important position."
Mr. Neumann is currently the Director of the
Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq). He
entered the Foreign Service in 1970. After an initial
tour in Senegal, 1971-1973, he began to specialize in
the Middle East. He served in Tabriz, Iran as Vice
Counsel and later as Principal Officer, 1973-1976.
Subsequent tours abroad included Deputy Chief of
Mission in Yemen, 1981-1983, and Deputy Chief of
Mission in the United Arab Emirates, 1987-1990. In the
Department, Mr. Neumann served in the Office of
Southern European Affairs, 1976-1977; as Staff
Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near East and
South Asia, 1977-1978; as Jordan desk officer, 1978-
1981; and as Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian
Peninsula Affairs. He attended the National War
College in 1990-1991.
Born in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 1944,
Mr. Neumann grew up in California. He holds a
bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of
California at Riverside. He served in the Army (1967-
1970), including a Vietnam tour as an infantry platoon
leader (1/11, 5th Infantry Division). His foreign
languages are French and Arabic. He is married to
Margaret Elaine Neumann. They have one son and one