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List of ambassadors of the United States to Yemen

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This is a list of Ambassadors of the United States to Yemen.

Ambassador of the United States to Yemen
سفارة الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية في جمهورية اليمن
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Christopher P. Henzel

since May 18, 2019
NominatorThe President of the United States
Inaugural holderCharles Franklin Dunbar
FormationJune 16, 1988
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Sana'a

Prior to 1990, Yemen had consisted of two nations: North Yemen and South Yemen. The United States had diplomatic relations with North Yemen since 1946. Relations with South Yemen had been established in 1967 and broken in 1969.

On May 22, 1990, the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) united and formed a united Republic of Yemen. The existing U.S. embassy in San'a (North Yemen) became the embassy for the new republic. At that time there was no U.S. ambassador to South Yemen, so the then-current ambassador to North Yemen Charles Franklin Dunbar, continued to serve as the ambassador to the united Yemen until the end of his tour in 1991.

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa suspended operations on February 11, 2015, and all U.S. personnel were withdrawn after security conditions deteriorated in the midst of the Yemeni civil war; however, the United States did not sever diplomatic relations with Yemen. Working from the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under the authority of the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, U.S. diplomats in the Yemen Affairs Unit maintained regular dialogue with the Republic of Yemen Government.[1]

For U.S. ambassadors to North Yemen prior to 1990, see United States Ambassador to North Yemen.

For U.S. ambassadors to South Yemen prior to 1990, see United States Ambassador to South Yemen.

List of ambassadorsEdit

# Image Ambassador Appointed Presentation Term end Appointer
1 Charles Franklin Dunbar[2][3] June 16, 1988 August 14, 1988 June 13, 1991 Ronald Reagan
2 Arthur Hayden Hughes August 2, 1991 October 19, 1991 November 7, 1994 George H. W. Bush
3 David George Newton October 5, 1994 January 8, 1995 December 16, 1997 Bill Clinton
4   Barbara Bodine November 7, 1997 December 22, 1997 August 30, 2001
5   Edmund Hull August 7, 2001 October 1, 2001 March 13, 2004 George W. Bush
6   Thomas C. Krajeski May 12, 2004 August 16, 2004 April 16, 2007
7   Stephen Seche July 2, 2007 September 5, 2007 September 2010
8   Gerald M. Feierstein September 17, 2010 September 25, 2010 October 2013 Barack Obama
9   Matthew H. Tueller May 8, 2014 May 27, 2014 May 16, 2019[4]
Christopher P. Henzel January 7, 2019 May 20,2019 Donald Trump


  1. ^ "Yemen - Chiefs of Mission - Peope". Department of State - Office of the Historian. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Dunbar was serving as the ambassador to the Yemen Arab Republic when North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen. He continued to serve as the ambassador to the Republic of Yemen.
  3. ^ Dunbar was renominated on January 27, 1988, an earlier nomination not having been acted upon by the Senate.
  4. ^ "Yemen - Chiefs of Mission - People". Department of State, Office of the Historian. Retrieved September 12, 2019.

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