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Summary

The United States recognized Botswana on September 30, 1966, when the American Embassy at Gaberones (Gaborone) was established upon Botswana’s attainment of independence on that same date.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Botswana’s Independence, 1966.

The United States recognized Botswana on September 30, 1966, when the American Embassy at Gaberones (Gaborone) was established upon Botswana’s attainment of independence on that same date. Botswana previously had been under British sovereignty as Bechuanaland.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Botswana, 1966.

Diplomatic relations were established on September 30, 1966, when the American Embassy at Gaberones (Gaborone) was established with Charles H. Pletcher as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

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