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Summary

The United States recognized the Kingdom of Lesotho on October 4, 1966, when the American Embassy at Maseru was established upon Lesotho’s attainment of independence on that same date.

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Recognition

U.S. Recognition of Lesotho's Independence, 1966.

The United States recognized the Kingdom of Lesotho on October 4, 1966, when the American Embassy at Maseru was established upon Lesotho’s attainment of independence on that same date. Lesotho previously had been under British sovereignty as Basutoland.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and American Embassy in Lesotho, 1966.

Diplomatic relations were established on October 4, 1966, when the American Embassy at Maseru was established with Richard St. F. Post as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.

Resources

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