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

Summary

The United States has maintained uninterrupted relations with Seychelles since it’s independence from Great Britain in 1976. Since 1996, however, with the closing of the U.S. Embassy and an Air Force Tracking Station, the U.S. Government no longer maintains an official presence within Seychelles. At present, diplomatic and consular relations with Seychelles are conducted through the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius.

Modern Flag of Seychelles

Modern Flag of Seychelles

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of the Seychelles’ Independence, 1976.

The United States recognized the Seychelles on June 29, 1976, when representatives of the two states signed an agreement relating to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of a tracking and telemetry facility on the island of Mahe. The agreement was signed at the capital, Victoria, on the same date that the Seychelles attained independence from British sovereignty.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Mauritius, 1976.

Diplomatic relations were established on July 1, 1976, when the American consulate at Victoria was elevated to Embassy status with Gregory Matson as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Seychelles
  • Department of State Country Information: Seychelles
  • Library of Congress Country Study: Seychelles