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U.S. Relations With Argentina

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
July 27, 2015


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 Argentina’s independence from Spain. The bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina is based on shared interests including science and technology, education, trade, regional peace and stability, non-proliferation, cultural exchanges, human rights, and social inclusion. The Government of Argentina shares U.S. national and international security goals through participation in international peacekeeping operations and advocacy for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

U.S.-Argentine cooperation 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; a follow-up meeting was held in 2014. In 2011, the United States and Argentina signed an agreement on the peaceful uses of outer space, and in 2015 NASA and Argentina’s space agency (CONAE) signed a bilateral agreement related to heliophysics. The United States and Argentina also have a binational energy working group.

There is an active Fulbright Commission in Argentina which oversees educational exchange scholarships in Argentina and in the United States.

U.S. Assistance to Argentina

U.S. assistance in Argentina promotes regional stability and democracy and builds non-proliferation 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 $23 billion in trade in goods and services in 2012. 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 more than 500 U.S. companies are among the top investors in the country with nearly $20 billion invested in Argentina as of 2013. U.S. direct investment in Argentina is mostly in industry/agriculture, natural resources, finance, and services. 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 completed its eighth rotating membership as a member of the UN Security Council at the end of 2014.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Argentina is Noah B. Mamet; 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 International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information

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