We are pleased to announce the United States officially opened the U.S. Embassy in Nuku’alofa on May 9, 2023, less than one year after Vice President Harris announced at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum that we would begin discussions with Tonga regarding in establishing an embassy. This opening symbolizes the renewal of our relationship and underlines the strength of our commitment to our bilateral relations, to the people of Tonga, and to our partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.
Establishing a new embassy is a first step that will pave the way for the U.S. government to deploy additional diplomatic personnel and resources, including the potential appointment of a resident Ambassador to Tonga.
We value our shared history with Tonga, with relationships dating back to 1886 and the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972. The United States is pleased to join fellow partners represented by embassies in Tonga.