Foreign relations of the Cook Islands
The Cook Islands maintains diplomatic relations with 33 states. Cook Islands has 2 diplomatic Missions, a High Commission in New Zealand and an Embassy accredited to the European Union (EU) in Brussels. The Cook Islands Ambassador to the EU was Todd McClay. McClay retired from that position and moved back to New Zealand to successfully contest the Roturua seat in the 2008 New Zealand General Election. James Gosselin, the Cook Islands Secretary of Foreign Affairs, currently serves as the Cook Islands non-resident representative to the European Union resident in Rarotonga.
In 1992, after receiving declaration by New Zealand and the gradual evolution of the Cook Islands responsibility for its own foreign affairs, the UN Secretariat recognized the full treaty-making capacity of the Cook Islands.
Upon signature of this agreement the Cook Islands Government established a representation to the EU in Brussels. In 2002 this representation was upgraded to a full diplomatic mission with accreditation to the European Union. The establishment of this mission marked an important development in Cook Islands international relations representing the first full diplomatic mission established by the Cook Islands outside of Pacific countries.
The Cook Islands Mission to the European Communities interacts with European Union institutions, the ACP Group of States and other bilateral country representations and embassies.
Diplomatic relations 
The following countries have established formal diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands through the conclusion of joint communiqués and the like and/or seeking the accreditation of High Commissioners/Ambassadors:
- Australia* 1994
- Fiji* 1998
- Nauru 1994
- New Zealand* 1993; Cook Islands–New Zealand relations
- Papua New Guinea 1995
- Belgium* 6 April 2005
- Bosnia and Herzegovina* 10 April 1996
- Czech Republic* 12 May 2008
- European Union 2001; Cook Islands–European Union relations
- France 2000; Cook Islands–France relations
- Germany* 11 September 2001
- Holy See* 29 April 1999
- Italy* 21 February 2002
- Norway 1998
- Netherlands 16 August 2011
- Portugal* 12 August 1995
- Spain 29 January 1998
- Switzerland 2011
- Turkey 9 April 2008
- China* 25 July 1997; China–Cook Islands relations
- India 1998
- Iran* 1 March 1996
- Israel * 2008 
- Malaysia 2 May 1992
- Thailand* April 2005
- Timor-Leste* 17 August 2002
- Japan 16 June 2011; Cook Islands–Japan relations
- Philippines 12 December 2011
- Singapore 6 August 2012
- South Korea 22 February 2013
- Cuba* 2 September 2002
- Jamaica May 2003
- United States* 2005 or before[note 1]; Cook Islands–United States relations
Proposed diplomatic relations 
International organization participation 
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- ACP, AsDB, ESCAP (associate), FAO, ICAO, IMO, ICC, ICFTU, IFAD, IFRCRCS, IOC, OPCW, Pacific Islands Forum, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, Sparteca, SPC, UNESCO, WHO, WMO
- Party to the following treaties and conventions: Biodiversity Convention, Cotonou Agreement, Geneva Conventions, POPs Project, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCLOS, UNFCCC and its Kyoto protocol, Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,[note 4] International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation, Biological Weapons Convention, Convention of the International Mobile Satellite Organization,
- In November 2011, the Cook Islands were one of the eight founding members of Polynesian Leaders Group, a regional grouping intended to cooperate on a variety of issues including culture and language, education, responses to climate change, and trade and investment.
(* diplomatic envoys have been accredited or agréments issued and credentials remain to be presented)
- In November 2005 the US Ambassador McCormick stated "I’ve been ...accredited to... the Cook Islands." and he participated in various activities in the region. The statement of the US Ambassador signifies that there are established diplomatic relations between the two states, but neither this nor the accreditation of the Ambassador are mentioned at the CIA's World Factbook website of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012. The Cook Islands have a Honorary Consul in and recognized by the US since 1995.
- Cook Islands Ambassador appointment pending as of 2008.
- Cook Islands Honorary Consul is appointed to and acknowledged in Monaco since 2007 or before.
- including the Facility Agreement with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.
See also 
- List of diplomatic missions of the Cook Islands
- List of diplomatic missions in the Cook Islands
- Foreign relations of Niue
- Foreign relations of New Zealand
- Politics of the Cook Islands
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Cook Islands Government
- Cook Islands analysis
- The Cook Islands’ unique constitutional and international status
- Cook Islands Representatives Overseas, 2006
- Diplomatic Relations List 2011
- Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs Supplement No. 8; page 10
- "Summary of territorial information Cook Islands" (in Czech). Czech Embassy Canberra & Czech Consulate Sydney. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Cook Islands and Netherlands establish diplomatic relations
- Diplomatic relations list 2009
- Singapore established bilateral relations with Niue and Cook Islands on 6 August 2012: "Singapore has established diplomatic relations with Cook Islands, ... Niue, ..."
- Korea, Cook Islands to establish diplomatic ties by year's end: "Korea will establish diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean by the end of this year, making it the 190th country with which Seoul will have diplomatic ties", 2012-10-23
- US ambassador accredited to the Cook Islands
- US WANTS JOINT VENTURE EXPLORATION INTO COOK ISLANDS MANGANESE RESOURCE
- American ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa, and the Cook Islands
- These CIA World Factbook sites have the following entry for Ambassador to the Cook Islands: "Diplomatic representation from the US: none (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)"
- Foreign Consulates in California: The Honorable Metua Ngarupe, Honorary Consul of the Cook Islands
- Foreign Consular Offices in the United States - Cook Islands - NAME AND RANK: MR. METUA NGARUPE, HONORARY CONSUL - DATE OF RECOGNITION: Feb. 22, 1995
- Ireland Diplomatic missions and accreditations list
- Ireland Diplomatic list November 2012
- Irish Embassies and Consulates Abroad
- Ordonnance Souveraine n° 1.259 du 10 août 2007 auto risant à exercer les fonctions de Consul honoraire des Iles Cook dans Notre Principauté. (Journal de Monaco Bulletin Officiel de la Principautè)
- Honorary Consul in Monaco
- "NZ may be invited to join proposed ‘Polynesian Triangle’ ginger group", Pacific Scoop, 19 September 2011
- "New Polynesian Leaders Group formed in Samoa", Radio New Zealand International, 18 November 2011
- "American Samoa joins Polynesian Leaders Group, MOU signed", Savali, 19 November 2011