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Summary

The United States recognized Upper Volta on August 5, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maurice Yameogo. Upper Volta previously had been under French sovereignty.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Upper Volta, 1960.

The United States recognized Upper Volta on August 5, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Prime Minister Maurice Yameogo. Upper Volta previously had been under French sovereignty. The state’s name changed from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso in 1984.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1960.

Diplomatic relations were established on August 5, 1960, when Donald R. Norland assumed his post as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. Norland had presented his credentials on August 4, 1960, to take effect the following day.

Establishment of the American Embassy in Upper Volta, 1960.

Embassy Ouagadougou was established on December 31, 1960, with Robert McKinnon as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

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