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A Guide to the United States' History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Gabon

Summary

The United States recognized Gabon on August 17, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Leon M’ba.

Modern Flag of Gabon

Modern Flag of Gabon

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Gabon’s Independence, 1960.

The United States recognized Gabon on August 17, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Leon M’ba. On that date, Gabon’s independence from French Equatorial Africa was proclaimed.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 17, 1960, when Alan W. Lukens (resident at Brazzaville) presented his credentials as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Gabon, 1961.

Embassy Libreville was established on March 20, 1961, with Walker A. Diamanti as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Gabon
  • Department of State Country Information: Gabon