Charge d’Affaires Martina Strong

Martina Strong is honored to lead the U.S. Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Chargé d’Affaires. She is joined in Riyadh by her husband, U.S. Army Col. John L. Strong (Ret.) and their daughter Eleanore.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Strong previously served in Iraq as Political Minister Counselor in Baghdad and as the U.S. Army’s Political Advisor in Basrah. Prior to her arrival in Riyadh, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Bulgaria. Her other overseas postings included Poland, the Czech Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina, and France. Ms. Strong also spent two years as Director on the National Security Council at the White House, where she headed the U.S. government’s multi-agency effort to organize the 2004 G-8 Summit in Sea Island, as well as two other G-8 Summits and various multilateral meetings.

The Department of State has recognized Ms. Strong’s achievements with numerous awards, including the AFSA Sinclaire Language Award and eleven Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards. During her service in Iraq, the U.S. Army awarded her the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Superior Civilian Service Award. In Bulgaria, the Defense Minister honored Ms. Strong with the Meritorious Service Medal for her contributions to the U.S.-Bulgarian security partnership.

Emergency Contact Information for U.S. Citizens

For emergencies, please contact relevant Saudi local authorities and then inform the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Local first responders in Saudi Arabia can be reached at:

  • Police, Fire, traffic police, Security Patrols and Emergencies:  999, 911
  • Ambulance: 997
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1919

The Embassy and Consulates General can be reached at:

  • Riyadh: (966) (11) 835 4000
  • Jeddah: (966) (12) 220 5000
  • Dhahran: (966) (13) 330 3200

During regular business hours, the ACS units can be reached at the phone numbers listed above.

In the evening and on weekends, U.S. citizens can call the nearest embassy or consulate and reach a duty officer for assistance with serious emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please note that we can only replace lost and stolen passports during regular office hours.

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