The United States established diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso (then called Upper Volta) in 1960 following its independence from France. U.S. relations with Burkina Faso are strong, thanks in part to U.S. support during the country’s 2014-2015 political transition. In addition to regional peace and stability, U.S. interests in Burkina Faso are to promote continued democratization and greater respect for human rights, and to encourage sustainable economic development. Countering terrorism and strengthening border security are of growing importance in Burkina Faso. The United States and Burkina Faso engage in a number of military training and exchange programs, including in counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance. Burkina Faso is a partner in the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program for peacekeeping and is a member of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership. U.S. development assistance to Burkina Faso focuses on increasing food security, (especially for mothers and children in food deficit areas), improving education, strengthening malaria control, family planning reproductive health services, and addressing threats of meningitis, influenza and other communicable diseases. Today the U.S. embassy is in Ouagadougou. For more information on our relationship with Burkina Faso, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of African Affairs.