Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Fact Sheet
January 31, 2014


More information about Nauru is available on the Nauru Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-NAURU RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Nauru in 1976, 8 years after Nauru's independence from an Australia-administered trusteeship. Relations between the United States and Nauru are cordial. The United States has no consular or diplomatic offices in Nauru. Officers of the U.S. Embassy in Fiji are concurrently accredited to Nauru and make periodic visits.

U.S. Assistance to Nauru

The United States provides no development assistance to Nauru.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Trade between the United States and Nauru is limited by the latter's small size, remoteness, and economic problems. As Nauru's phosphate mining has declined due to depletion of reserves, the country has relied more on payments for fishing rights within its exclusive economic zone, on the recently revived detention center camps for asylum seekers to Australia (administered by Australia but with opportunities for local employment and compensation to the Nauruan government), and on development assistance. Under the multilateral U.S.-Pacific Islands tuna fisheries treaty, the U.S. provides an annual grant to Pacific island parties, including Nauru, for access by licensed U.S. fishing vessels.

Nauru's Membership in International Organizations

Nauru and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations and Asian Development Bank. Nauru also belongs to the Pacific Islands Forum, of which the United States is a Dialogue Partner.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Kiribati is Frankie A. Reed, resident in Fiji; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Nauru has no embassy in Washington, DC, but has a mission to the United Nations in New York.More information about Nauru is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Nauru Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Nauru Page
U.S. Embassy: Fiji
History of U.S. Relations With Nauru
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Travel and Business Information

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