The United States established diplomatic relations with Togo in 1960. It has maintained friendly relations with Togo since its independence from France. Although the United States does not have any significant economic ties to Togo, it nonetheless maintains a strong presence there, most notably in the form of the Peace Corps, in order to encourage economic and rural development.
Modern Flag of Togo
The United States recognized the Republic of Togo on April 27, 1960, when Attorney General William Rogers, Acting as Personal Representative of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, delivered a message to that effect to Prime Minister Sylvanus Olympio. Togoland previously had been under French administration as a United Nations Trust Territory.
Diplomatic relations were established on April 27, 1960, when the American consulate at Lomé was raised to Embassy status with Jesse M. MacKnight as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.