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U.S. Relations With Uruguay

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
January 16, 2014


More information about Uruguay is available on the Uruguay 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 Uruguay in 1867, which became an independent state following the 1828 dissolution of its federation with Argentina. The relationship between the United States and Uruguay is strong. The two countries share important values, including a commitment to democracy, rule of law, sound economic policies, strong labor rights, environmental protection, investment in people, the desire to see the peaceful resolution of disputes between nations, and a commitment to the multilateral system.

Uruguay is a constructive partner that plays an important role in promoting regional stability and democracy. The country often serves as a consensus builder and mediator in international contexts. It is a partner in conflict resolution, contributing to peacekeeping missions worldwide. Uruguay has been one of the top troop and police contributors per capita to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping overall. The United States values Uruguay's contributions to improving security in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as in other difficult locations throughout the world.

U.S. Assistance to Uruguay

U.S. assistance to Uruguay encourages constructive Uruguayan engagement in international affairs and improves Uruguay’s ability to combat terrorism and international crime. U.S. assistance strengthens and maintains the Uruguayan military's peacekeeping and disaster response capabilities. U.S. assistance also promotes increased cooperation in law enforcement and in the fight against terrorism and illegal trafficking of persons, materials, and drugs.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S.-Uruguay Joint Commission on Trade and Investment has focused on six areas: customs issues, intellectual property protection, investment, labor, environment, and trade in goods. The two countries have signed an Open Skies Agreement, a bilateral investment treaty, a trade and investment framework agreement, a science and technology agreement, and a memorandum of understanding on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

U.S. exports to Uruguay include machinery, perfumes/cosmetics, toys and sports equipment, oil, and agricultural products. U.S. imports from Uruguay include beef, prepared meat, dairy, citrus, eggs, honey, and hides and skins. About 100 U.S.-owned companies operate in Uruguay, and many more market U.S. goods and services.

Uruguay's Membership in International Organizations

Uruguay and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay is Julissa Reynoso; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Uruguay maintains an embassy in the United States at 1913 "I" Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (tel. 202-331-1313).

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

Department of State Uruguay Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Uruguay Page
U.S. Embassy: Uruguay
History of U.S. Relations With Uruguay
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 International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information

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