U.S. Embassy Brussels, Belgium
The Kingdom of Belgium declared its independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1830. Belgium attempted to remain a neutral country; however, the German invasions in the first and second World Wars made this impossible.
Today, Belgium is a member of the European Union and NATO. The United States and Belgium are good friends and allies, maintaining a cooperative relationship on a number of foreign policy issues. The United States, alongside Britain and Canada, liberated the country from Nazi Germany in 1944. As an outward-looking nation, Belgium works closely with the United States bilaterally and in international and regional organizations to encourage economic and political cooperation and assistance to developing countries.
The United States appreciates Belgian activism in international affairs, including its participation in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, the European Union mission in Mali, and the Counter-ISIL Coalition, in addition to its contributions to various North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) missions. Belgium is also a key provider of humanitarian, reconstruction, and development assistance to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as well as many countries in Africa.
As the host country of the European Union and NATO, Belgium plays an important role in European and transatlantic diplomacy. Today, the U.S. embassy is in Brussels.
United States Department of State Office of the Historian and Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs