In 1821, El Salvador and the other Central American provinces declared their independence from Spain. In 1823, the United Provinces of Central America was formed of the five Central American states. El Salvador declared itself an independent republic in 1839, although the next several decades were marked by frequent revolutions. Following a coup in 1931, normal relations between the United States and El Salvador were interrupted. During the 1980s, the United States supported the Salvadoran Government against Socialist forces. After the signing of peace accords in 1992, the Salvadorans have consolidated their democracy through an uninterrupted chain of elected governments. The United States and El Salvador share a strong commitment to democracy, rule of law, and inclusive economic development. Ties are further enriched by more than 2 million Salvadorans who call the United States home.
El Salvador is a key partner in efforts to reduce irregular migration and the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations and gangs. The country has been a strong, durable partner on security and defense issues. However, endemic crime, corruption, and impunity threaten El Salvador’s progress by undermining the legitimacy of state institutions and impeding economic growth. Today, the U.S. embassy is in San Salvador. For more information on our relationship with El Salvador, please click here.
Source, United States Department of State,Office of the Historian and Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.