The United States established diplomatic relations with Cote d’Ivoire (then called Ivory Coast) in 1960 following its independence from France. A coup in 1999 ushered in several years of instability. In 2015, Cote d’Ivoire held successful presidential elections, and a new constitution was approved in a nationwide referendum in 2016.
With investments by the United States and other international partners, Cote d’Ivoire can act as a bulwark against religious extremism and support U.S. efforts to promote democratic institutions, regional stability and counter the spread of terrorism.
U.S.-Ivoirian relations have traditionally been friendly and close. The United States participates in the international effort to assist Cote d’Ivoire in moving beyond its decade-long crisis, providing funding for the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire. The U.S. Government’s overriding interests in Cote d’Ivoire have long been to help restore peace, encourage disarmament and reunification of the country, and support a democratic government whose legitimacy can be accepted by all the citizens of Cote d’Ivoire. The U.S. assistance to Cote d’Ivoire is focused on four priority areas — strengthening democracy and governance, expanding economic opportunities, advancing security sector reform, and improving health care systems and outcomes. Today the U.S. embassy is located in Abidjan. For more information on our relationship with Cote d’Ivoire, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of African Affairs.