Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
November 21, 2013

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


The United States established diplomatic relations with Argentina in 1823 following its independence from Spain. The bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina is based on shared interests including regional peace and stability, non-proliferation, human rights, education, cultural exchanges, and commercial ties. The Government of Argentina has supported U.S. national and international security goals through participation in international peacekeeping operations and advocacy for the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

U.S.-Argentine cooperation also includes science and technology initiatives in the fields of space, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, agricultural research and biotechnology, medicine, and the environment. The first bilateral joint science and technology working group meeting was held in 2010, and in 2011 the United States and Argentina signed an agreement on the peaceful uses of outer space. The United States and Argentina also have a binational energy working group.

U.S. Assistance to Argentina

U.S. assistance in Argentina promotes regional stability and democracy, and builds nonproliferation cooperation on export controls and border security.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is one of Argentina's largest trading partners with a historic high of $22 million in trade in goods and services in 2011. U.S. exports to Argentina include machinery, oil, organic chemicals, and plastic. U.S. imports from Argentina include mineral fuel and oil, aluminum, wine, iron and steel products, and preserved foods. The two countries have signed a bilateral investment treaty, and the more than 500 U.S. companies are among the top investors in the country with nearly $15 billion invested in the country. U.S. direct investment in Argentina is mostly in mining, nonbank holding companies, and manufacturing. In 2007, the U.S. and Argentina modernized a bilateral civil aviation agreement to update safety and security and provide for more-frequent flights between the two countries, allowing for increased volumes of tourism and business travel.

Argentina's Membership in International Organizations

Argentina and the United States are active participants in many of the same international organizations and forums, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Atomic Energy Agency, the G-20, and the World Trade Organization. Argentina joined the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member in January 2013.

Bilateral Representation

Kevin Sullivan is Charge d'Affaires ad interim; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Argentina maintains an embassy in the United States at 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009; tel. (202) 238-6400.

More information about Argentina is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Argentina Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Argentina Page
U.S. Embassy: Argentina
History of U.S. Relations With Argentina
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information

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