U.S. Department of State

David C. Litt
Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

David Curtin Litt, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 1995. He presented his credentials in Abu Dhabi in October 1995, suceeding William A Rugh. Ambassador Litt previously served as Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq). Ambassador Litt has devoted most of his 23-year career in diplomatic service to the Middle East. An Arabist and Afghan Persian speaker, he has focused particularly on the Gulf.

Ambassador Litt has served as Consul General in Dubai, U.A.E. In his career he has served as desk officer for Saudi Arabia at the State Department. He also served in Afghanistan, and twice in Damascus, Syria. Other assignments include Palermo, Italy and Niamey, Niger where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission.

Ambassador Litt received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. In addition to his Middle East languages, Ambassador Litt speaks several European languages including French and Italian.

Ambassador Litt is a native of Pittsburgh. He is married to the former Beatrice Ilardi. They have two teenage children, Barbara and Giorgio.

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