Eritrea–United States relations

Eritrea–United States relations are bilateral relations between Eritrea and the United States. Natalie E. Brown is the current U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea.[1]

Eritrea – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Eritrea and USA


United States


The U.S. government (USG) established a consulate in Asmara in 1942. In 1953, the USG signed a Mutual Defense Treaty with Ethiopia. The treaty granted the United States control and expansion of the important British military communications base at Kagnew near Asmara. In the 1960s, as many as 1,700 U.S. military personnel were stationed at Kagnew. In the 1970s, technological advances in the satellite and communications fields were making the communications station at Kagnew increasingly obsolete.

Embassy of Eritrea-US
Embassy of Eritrea in Washington, D.C.

In 1974, Kagnew Station drastically reduced its personnel complement. In early 1977, the United States informed the Ethiopian government that it intended to close Kagnew Station permanently by September 30, 1977. In the meantime, U.S. relations with the Mengistu regime worsened. In April 1977, Mengistu abrogated the 1953 mutual defense treaty and ordered a reduction of U.S. personnel in Ethiopia, including the closure of Kagnew Communications Center and the consulate in Asmara. In August 1992, the United States reopened its consulate in Asmara, staffed with one officer. On April 27, 1993, the United States recognized Eritrea as an independent state, and on June 11, diplomatic relations were established with the appointment of a chargé d'affaires. The first U.S. Ambassador arrived later that year.

U.S. interests in Eritrea include consolidating the peace with Ethiopia, encouraging progress toward establishing a democratic political culture, supporting Eritrean efforts to become constructively involved in solving regional problems, and promoting economic reform.

The U.S. Embassy is in Asmara. Micheal Veasy is the Deputy Chief of Mission.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Charge d'Affaires Natalie E. Brown". U.S. Embassy in Eritrea.
  2. ^ "Sections & Offices". U.S. Embassy in Eritrea.

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