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Summary

The United States recognized the Republic of Dahomey on August 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maga.

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Recognition

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

The United States recognized the Republic of Dahomey on August 1, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maga. On that date, Dahomey’s independence from French sovereignty was proclaimed. In 1975, the country was re-named the Republic of Benin.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 1, 1960, when Donald R. Norland took up his position as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. He had presented his credentials on July 31, 1960, to take effect on the next day.

Establishment of American Embassy, 1961.

Embassy Cotonou was established on February 15, 1961, with Converse Hettinger as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

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