Nomination of Fernando E. Rondon To Be United States Ambassador to the Comoros

August 13, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Fernando E. Rondon, presently serving as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Madagascar, to serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Federal and Islamic Republic of the Comoros. He would be the first American Ambassador accredited to the Comoros.

Mr. Rondon entered the Foreign Service in 1961 and was vice consul in Tehran in 1962 - 1964. He attended French language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1964 - 1965 and Arabic language training in Tangier in 1965 - 1966. He was principal officer in Constantine (1966 - 1967), consular officer in Algiers (1967 - 1968), and political officer in Antananarivo (1968 - 1970). He served on the National Security Council at the White House in 1970 - 1973. In 1973 - 1975 he was political officer in Lima. He attended the National War College in 1975 - 1976 and was Alternate Director of the Office of East Coast Affairs in the Department in 1976 - 1978. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Tegucigalpa in 1978 - 1980, and since 1980 he has been Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Madagascar.

Mr. Rondon graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S., 1960). His foreign languages are Spanish, French, Arabic, and Persian. He was born May 6, 1936, in Los Angeles, Calif.