U.S. Relations With Senegal

Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
May 29, 2018

More information about Senegal is available on the Senegal 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 Senegal in 1960, following its independence from France and the dissolution of the Mali Federation. Senegal had three presidents from 1960 to 2012. Power was transferred peacefully from one president to his handpicked successor in 1981, and transferred again in elections in 2000. The country's fourth president was elected in 2012.

Senegal is a partner of the United States in promoting peace and security in Africa. The country shares many fundamental values and international goals with the United States, and it has set an example of democratic rule as well as ethnic and religious tolerance. Senegal also has contributed to regional peacekeeping operations. The main challenge Senegal faces is accelerating economic growth in order to create more opportunity for young people, who are the majority of the population.

U.S. Assistance to Senegal

U.S. assistance seeks to support increased agricultural productivity, improved health care and infrastructure, reforming the energy sector, and better basic education. Bilateral military cooperation bolsters the professionalism and capacity of the Senegalese Armed Forces.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Senegal is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The top three U.S. exports to Senegal are motor vehicles, petroleum products, and second-hand clothing. Principal U.S. imports from Senegal are wigs, zirconium and titanium ores, and seafood. The two countries have signed a bilateral investment treaty. The United States also has a trade and investment framework agreement with the Economic Community of West African States, of which Senegal is a member.

Senegal's Membership in International Organizations

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

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Senegal is Tulinabo Salama Mushingi; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Senegal maintains an embassy in the United States at 2215 M St NW, Washington, DC (tel. (202) 234-0540).

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

Department of State Senegal Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Senegal Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Senegal Page
History of U.S. Relations With Senegal
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Senegal
Travel Information