Official Intent to Open U.S. Embassy in Port Vila

To further strengthen the bilateral relationship, the United States (U.S.) Department of State has conveyed the U.S.’ intent to the Vanuatu Government to open an embassy in the Republic of Vanuatu, subject to Congressional notification.

This was relayed via a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea yesterday.

“Consistent with the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, a permanent diplomatic presence in Vanuatu would allow the U.S. Government to deepen relationships with Ni-Vanuatu officials and society,” the statement conveyed. “Establishing a U.S. Embassy in Port Vila would facilitate areas of potential bilateral cooperation and development assistance, including efforts to tackle the climate crisis.”

The U.S. currently maintains diplomatic relations with the Government of Vanuatu but does not have an embassy in Vanuatu. The Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, in Port Moresby is accredited to Vanuatu and regularly travels to Vanuatu.