The Ambassador of the United States to Algeria
is the official representative of the President of the United States
to the head of state
Until 1962, Algeria had been under the dominion of France. Independence from France was formally declared on July 3, 1962. The United States and France both formally recognized
Algeria on that same day. The Algerian government had recognized the United States in 1795, but formal diplomatic relations
had not been established.
The U.S. has had consular representation
in Algeria intermittently since 1796. On September 29, 1962, diplomatic relations between Algeria and the United States were formally established when the U.S. Consulate General in Algiers
was raised to embassy
status. William J. Porter
was appointed as the first chargé d'affaires ad interim
pending appointment of an ambassador to Algiers. He was promoted to ambassador
on November 29, 1962.
Algeria severed diplomatic relations with the United States on June 6, 1967, in the wake of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War
. A U.S. Interests Section was established in the Swiss Embassy. The United States and Algeria reestablished diplomatic relations, and their respective embassies in Algiers and Washington reopened on November 12, 1974.
Ambassadors and chiefs of mission