Tangier: Jennifer Rasamimanana, new resident director of the American Legation

The US Embassy in Morocco announced on Friday, October 1st, 2021, the arrival of Jennifer Rasamimanana, former US Consul General in Casablanca, as resident director of the American Legation from Tangier, via his Twitter account.

The American Legation in Tangier is home to a cultural center, museum, and research library focusing on Arabic language studies. It is the world’s oldest American diplomatic property.

The American diplomat arrives to succeed John Davison, the institution’s outgoing director, who served for seven years.

“As a previous consul general in Casablanca, Jennifer [Rasamimanana, Editor’s note] is well placed to assist us further deepen 200 years of common history between Morocco and the United States,” said David Greene, charge d’affaires of the American embassy in Morocco.

The American Legation in Tangier is the most visible manifestation of the Treaty of Amity between the United States and Morocco (in its full and original form: “Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation between the United States of America and HM the Emperor of Morocco”), which was signed in 1788 by Benjamin Franklin and the Sultan of Morocco, Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah, later known as Mohammed III.

Since January 8, 1981, the American Legation in Tangier has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. On December 17, 1982, United States Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt designated the facility as a National Historic Site.

Since 1999, the new director of the Legation has worked as a diplomat. Jennifer Rasamimanana, a California native, has worked in the diplomatic, consular, commercial, and public sectors in France, as well as the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, and Togo.

She worked as a diplomatic competition supervisor and served in the offices of Secretaries of State Clon Powell and Condoleezza Rice during a deployment to Washington, DC.

She served as the State Department’s Arabic spokesman for two years, during which time she led a communication effort with Arabic-speaking audiences from Oman to Morocco.

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