The United States and Slovenia have maintained cordial relations ever since Slovenia won its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. In recent years, the United States has sought to promote Slovenia’s future as a vibrant, pluralistic democracy by supporting Slovene membership in organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU), and the World Trade Organization (WTO), while Slovenia has joined international stabilization efforts within countries such as Afghanistan.
Modern Flag of Slovenia
The United States recognized Slovenia as an independent state on April 7, 1992, when the George H.W. Bush Administration announced the decision in a White House statement. Slovenia had been a constituent part of Yugoslavia.
Diplomatic relations were established on August 6, 1992, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision during remarks to the press.
The American Embassy in Ljubljana was opened on August 25, 1992, with E. Allan Wendt as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.