A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)

Summary

The United States recognized the Republic of Cape Verde on July 5, 1975, when President Gerald R. Ford sent a letter to that effect to President Aristides Pereria.

Modern Flag of Cabo Verde

Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Cape Verde, 1975.

The United States recognized the Republic of Cape Verde on July 5, 1975, when President Gerald R. Ford sent a letter to that effect to President Aristides Pereria. Cape Verde previously had been under Portuguese sovereignty. In 2013, the country was re-named Cabo Verde.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, 1975.

Diplomatic relations were established on July 19, 1975, when Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde Raul Querido Varela presented his credentials to President Gerald R. Ford.

Accreditation of American Ambassador to Cape Verde, 1976.

Ambassador Melissa F. Wells presented her credentials to the government of Cape Verde on November 18, 1976. Wells also was accredited to Guinea-Bissau and was resident at Bissau.

Establishment of American Embassy in Cape Verde, 1978.

The American Embassy at Praia was established on January 28, 1978, with Howard McGowan as Charge d’Affaires ad interim.

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