The United States recognized Ugandan independence in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. U.S.-Ugandan relations have, except for a period in the 1970s, remained strong. The United States currently works with Uganda to promote economic development of its abundant natural resources, and combat public-health risks such as HIV/ AIDS.
The United States recognized Uganda on October 9, 1961, in a congratulatory message from President John F. Kennedy to Prime Minister A. Milton Obote. Uganda previously had been under British sovereignty.
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The American Embassy at Kampala was closed on November 10, 1973, when all U.S. diplomatic personnel were withdrawn from Uganda. The Department of State later cited as factors that prompted the closure persistent internal security problems, operating difficulties for American programs and personnel, repeated public threats against Embassy officials and other Americans by high Ugandan officials, and finally the abrupt expulsion of the U.S. Marine Security Guard that protected the Embassy. Diplomatic relations were not interrupted and Uganda maintained an embassy in Washington. American interests in Uganda were represented by the Federal Republic of Germany.
The American Embassy at Kampala was re-established on June 18, 1979, with David Halstead as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.