The United States recognized the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s independence in 1960 and established diplomatic relations at the same time.
U.S. Recognition of Congo’s Independence, 1960.
The United States recognized the Republic of Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on June 30, 1960, in a congratulatory message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to President Kasavubu. On that date, the area formerly known as the Belgian Congo was proclaimed independent from Belgian sovereignty.
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy, 1960.
Diplomatic relations were established on June 30, 1960, when the American Embassy in Leopoldville (now Kinshasha) was established with John D. Tomlinson as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.