More information about Saint Kitts and Nevis is available on the Saint Kitts and Nevis Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS RELATIONS
The United States established diplomatic relations with Saint Kitts and Nevis in 1983 following its independence from the United Kingdom. Relations between the United States and Saint Kitts and Nevis have historically been friendly. The United States seeks to assist Saint Kitts and Nevis to develop economically and to strengthen democracy in its parliamentary form of government.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is strategically located in the Leeward Islands, near maritime transport lanes of major importance to the United States. Saint Kitts and Nevis’ proximity to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands makes the two-island federation attractive to narcotics traffickers. To counter this threat, the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis cooperates with the United States in the fight against illegal narcotics. The United States and Saint Kitts and Nevis have signed a maritime law enforcement treaty, later amended with an overflight/order-to-land amendment, an updated extradition treaty, and a mutual legal assistance treaty. The United States and Saint Kitts and Nevis also cooperate through partnerships including the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Program, and the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative.
U.S. Assistance to Saint Kitts and Nevis
U.S. assistance to Saint Kitts and Nevis is primarily channeled through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank, and through the U.S. Agency for International Development office in Bridgetown, Barbados. Saint Kitts and Nevis also benefits from U.S. military exercises and civic action projects, including through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs provides training, equipment, and laptops to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), which grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods. The CBI aims to facilitate economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies. Saint Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).
Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Membership in International Organizations
Saint Kitts and Nevis 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.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Saint Kitts and Nevis maintains an embassy in the United States at 1203 19th Street NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 (tel. 202-871-9461)
More information about Saint Kitts and Nevis is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Saint Kitts and Nevis Page
USAID Saint Kitts and Nevis Page
History of U.S. Relations With Saint Kitts and Nevis
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Caribbean Basin Security Initiative
Library of Congress Country Studies