Kiribati–United States relations
Following its independence in 1979, Kiribati signed a treaty of friendship with the United States. The United States Department of State characterizes U.S.–Kiribati relations as "excellent", as of 2009[update]. The United States has no consular or diplomatic facilities in the country. Officers of the American Embassy in Suva, Fiji, are concurrently accredited to Kiribati and make periodic visits. The U.S. Peace Corps, an independent United States federal agency, had maintained a program in Kiribati since 1967. However, the Corps announced plans to pull out of Kiribati in November 2008 after 35 years of working in the country. Michael Koffman, the Peace Corps Country Director for Kiribati, cited the frequently cancelled and erratic air service in the country as the main reason the Peace Corps was leaving Kiribati.
Principal U.S. Embassy Officials include:
The U.S. Embassy responsible for Kiribati is located in Suva, Republic of the Fiji Islands.
- "Secretary Clinton on Amelia Earhart". 20 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-08. "I especially want to welcome Tessie Lambourne, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Republic of Kiribati. [She]...and her husband David...traveled three days to get here for this wonderful event. (Applause.)"
- Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (May 2009), "Background Note: Kiribati", United States Department of State website, retrieved 2009-08-06, "Relations between Kiribati and the United States are excellent."
- Bataua, Batiri (3 Jul 2008). "Peace Corps To Quit Kiribati". Pacific Magazine. Retrieved 2 Jul 2008.