United States Ambassador to Cyprus

Ambassador of the United States to Cyprus

Seal of the United States Department of State
Kathleen A. Doherty

since October 7, 2015
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Fraser Wilkins
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation August 27, 1960
Website U.S. Embassy - Nicosia

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

Until 1960 Cyprus had been a colony of the British Empire. On August 16, 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States recognized the new nation and established an embassy in Nicosia on August 16, 1960, with L. Douglas Heck as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cyprus have been continuous since that time.

One ambassador, Rodger P. Davies, was assassinated by a sniper while at his post in 1974.

The United States does not recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, proclaimed November 15, 1983, by Turkey.

The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus is located in Nicosia.


U.S. diplomatic terms

Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.

Note: The following officers served as chargés d’affaires ad interim: John U. Nix (July 1989–July 1990) and Carolyn Huggins (July 1990–November 1990).


  1. Perrin was nominated for the second time by President Reagan on January 27, 1988, an earlier nomination not having been acted upon by the Senate.
  2. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  3. "S6354 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE August 5, 2015" (PDF). U.S. Congress. U.S. Congress. August 5, 2015.
  4. "CIA World Factbook - Cyprus". Central Intelligence Agency.

See also


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