Our Relationship

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.

Diplomatic Relations

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.

U.S. Mission Leaders

U.S. & Democratic Republic of the Congo