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Belgium–United States relations

Belgium – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Belgium and USA


United States
Diplomatic Mission
Belgian Embassy, Washington, D.C. United States Embassy, Brussels

The United States and Belgium maintain a friendly bilateral relationship, despite occasional disagreements on a limited number of foreign policy issues. Continuing to celebrate cooperative U.S. and Belgian relations, 2007 marked the 175th anniversary of the nations' relationship.

According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 26% of Belgians approve of U.S. leadership, with 16% disapproving and 58% uncertain.[1]


  • History 1
    • World War I (1914–1918) 1.1
    • World War II (1939–45) 1.2
    • Cold War (1946–91) 1.3
    • Post-Cold War (1991–present) 1.4
  • Principal U.S. officials 2
  • Diplomatic missions 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


World War I (1914–1918)

When the Germans invaded Belgium, a neutral territory, the mining engineer and future president

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External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes). U.S.-BELGIAN RELATIONS

  1. ^ U.S. Global Leadership Project Report - 2012 Gallup
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See also

Diplomatic missions

Principal U.S. officials

As an outward-looking nation, Belgium works closely with the United States bilaterally and in international and regional organizations to encourage economic and political cooperation and assistance to developing countries. Belgium has welcomed hundreds of U.S. firms to its territory, many of which have their European headquarters there.

The U.S. appreciates Belgian activism in international affairs, including its participation in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, its reconstruction and development assistance to Iraq, its peacekeeping missions in the Balkans and Lebanon, its frequent provision of airlift in international crises, and its hosting of 2005 and 2007 transatlantic dialogues between European foreign ministers and the Secretary of State. During the January 17, 2006 visit by Prime Minister Verhofstadt, President Bush thanked him for his "leadership" in helping "the people of the Congo realize their full potential." The U.S. continues to believe that Belgium could be even more active in sharing international security concerns.

Post-Cold War (1991–present)

Belgium received US aid through the Marshall plan, aimed at reconstructing the post-war European economy although Belgian economic recovery predated the Marshall Plan.[4] Both Belgium and the US were among the founding members of NATO, a North Atlantic collective defence alliance. Belgium also participated in the US-led UN mission to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea during the Korean War.

Cold War (1946–91)

The US helped liberate Belgium from German occupation along with British and Canadian troops as well as Belgian resistance.[3]

World War II (1939–45)


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