A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Rwanda


The United States recognized Rwanda in 1962. The U.S. Government is currently a major aid donor to Rwanda, where the USAID works in concert with the Rwandan Government to promote a number of initiatives, including economic development and diversification, public health, and democratic governance.

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U.S. Recognition of Rwandan Independence, 1962.

The United States recognized the Republic of Rwanda when it attained independence on July 1, 1962, in a congratulatory message from President John F. Kennedy to President Gregoire Kayibanda dated June 28, 1962. The area that became Rwanda had been previously under Belgian administration as part of the Trust territory Ruanda-Urundi.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Rwanda, 1962.

Diplomatic relations were established on July 1, 1962, when the American Embassy at Kigali was established, with David J.S. Manbey as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.