Public Papers

Nomination of Robert H. Pelletreau, Jr., To Be United States Ambassador to Egypt


The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert H. Pelletreau, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Arab Republic of Egypt. He would succeed Frank G. Wisner.

Since 1987 Ambassador Pelletreau has served as Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia. Prior to this he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1985 - 1987. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the Department of State, 1983 - 1985; Country Director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the Department of State, 1981 - 1982; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon, 1980 - 1981. In addition, he was Ambassador to the State of Bahrain, 1979 - 1980, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Damascus, Syria, 1975 - 1978. Ambassador Pelletreau was a political officer in Algiers, Algeria, 1973 - 1975, and served in several capacities in Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, and Morocco. Ambassador Pelletreau entered the Foreign Service in 1962.

Ambassador Pelletreau graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1957) and Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1961). He was born July 9, 1935, in Patchogue, NY. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, 1957 - 1958. He is married and has three children.