U.S. embassy santiago chile

U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile

Chile is one of the United States’ strongest partners in Latin America and a leader in promoting respect for the rule of law, economic stability, education, environmental protection, human rights, and sustainable development. From 1973 to 1988, Chile was ruled by a military government that came to power in a coup, followed by a period of democratic transition between 1988 and 1989. The U.S. government supported the rebirth of democratic practices in Chile in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The two countries consult frequently and at high levels on issues of mutual concern, including in the areas of international commerce, multilateral diplomacy, security, academic exchanges, military cooperation, science, environment, energy, and public health. Providing U.S. citizen services, strengthening regional security collaboration, and supporting Chile’s vibrant, inclusive democracy and a healthy and sustainable economy that benefits all Chileans are among the most important U.S. interests in Chile. The United States and Chile marked two hundred years of bilateral relations in January 2023.

In 2023, the United States and Chile celebrated the 20th anniversary of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which allows the duty-free export to Chile of 100% of U.S. consumer and industrial goods. The U.S.-Chile FTA eliminates tariffs, reduces barriers to trade in services, provides protection for intellectual property, ensures regulatory transparency, guarantees nondiscrimination in the trade of digital products, commits the parties to maintain competition laws that prohibit anticompetitive business conduct, and requires effective enforcement of labor and environmental protections. In June 2023, the United States Senate approved a landmark U.S.-Chile Bilateral Tax Treaty, which will prevent double taxation and help facilitate increased investment between the United States and Chile.

Chile is an active participant in multilateral fora and served as president of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in 2019. Chile and the United States work together in several international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, Inter-American Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Community of Democracies, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization. Chile is also a member of the Pacific Alliance, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization, and the Open Government Partnership. Chile became the first Latin American country to endorse the U.S. Department of State’s Global Equality Fund, which connects governments, companies, and NGOs with the intent of improving the human rights of members of the LGBTQI+ community. In 2023, Chile assumed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Chile was also elected for a three-year term on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization in October 2022.

Today, the U.S. embassy is in Santiago.

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