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Tashiccho dzong in Thimphu, Bhutan. A government building and current historical symbol in Bhutan

U.S. Relationship

Buddha Dordenma Statue or Big Golden Buddha, in Thimphu (Bhutan)
Buddha Dordenma Statue or Big Golden Buddha, in Thimphu (Bhutan)

U.S.-Bhutan Relations

Bhutan became a member of the United Nations in 1971. Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with any of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the United States. Although Bhutan and the United States have never established formal diplomatic relations, the two countries maintain warm, informal relations via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, and Bhutan’s
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Buddha Dordenma Statue or Big Golden Buddha, in Thimphu (Bhutan)

Bilateral Cooperation

The United States and Bhutan cooperate on a number of initiatives. The U.S. Government annually brings several Bhutanese participants to the United States through its International Visitors, Humphrey Fellows, and Fulbright Programs. Bhutan participates in the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration (SARI/EI), a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that helps enhance energy security
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Buddha Dordenma Statue or Big Golden Buddha, in Thimphu (Bhutan)

International Organizations

Bhutan and the United States cooperate at a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.

Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Bhutan COVID-19 vaccine deliveries.

COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries

Since July, 2021 the United States has donated 777,970 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Bhutan. Of the 777,970 vaccine doses, 100% were donated in partnership with COVAX.

The United States is committed to leading an international and coordinated effort to accelerate access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to meet global needs. The United States is working with other governments and partners including COVAX, Caricom, and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to protect communities from COVID-19 and apply lessons from this pandemic to enhance health security now and in the future.

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