U.S.-Tajik Diplomatic History

  1. U.S.-Tajik Diplomatic History
  2. About Dushanbe
  3. About Tajikistan

The United States and Tajikistan have a strong, dynamic, and growing partnership. Both countries have consistently maintained a cooperative relationship in order to boost living standards in Tajikistan and cooperate on matters of concern to both nations, such as the stabilization of Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism, and interdiction of the opium trade.

The United States recognized Tajikistan’s independence on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Diplomatic relations were established on February 19, 1992, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in a press statement. The American Embassy in Embassy Dushanbe was established March 13, 1992, with Edmund McWilliams as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.

As Tajikistan has matured, so has our bilateral relationship. Over the past 25 years the United States has invested over $1 billion in Tajikistan. Under the current leadership of Ambassador Elisabeth Millard, the mission’s efforts are still focused on security cooperation, and also on broader democratic and economic reforms that will help integrate Tajikistan into the global community and ensure lasting stability.

On March 16, 1992, Charge d’Affaires Edmund McWilliams officially opened the temporary U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe.

Stanley T. Escudero

From April 1992 to March 1993 – Charge d’Affaires.
In March 1993 presented his credentials to then Chairman of the Supreme Council Emomali Rahmonov.
From March 1993 to June 1995 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to the Republic of Tajikistan.

R. Grant Smith

On May 10, 1995 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On July 31, 1995 presented his credentials to President Emomali Rahmonov. Resigned in August, 1998.

Robert Patrick John Finn

On October 22, 1998 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On November 11, 1998 presented his credentials to President Emomali Rahmonov.
Resigned in July, 2001.

Franklin Pierce Huddle, Jr.

On June 22, 2001 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On October 26, 2001 presented his credentials to President Emomali Rahmonov.
Resigned in October, 2003.

Richard E. Hoagland

On October 16, 2003 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On November 24, 2003 presented his credentials to President Emomali Rahmonov.
Resigned in August, 2006.

Tracey Ann Jacobson

On August 11, 2006 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On September 5, 2006 presented her credentials to President Emomali Rahmonov.
Resigned in August, 2009.

Kenneth E. Gross Jr.

On August 12, 2009 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On October 2, 2009 presented his credentials to President Emomali Rahmon.
Resigned in July, 2012.

Susan M. Elliott

On September 20, 2012 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On October 19, 2012 presented her credentials to President Emomali Rahmon.
Resigned in September, 2015.

Elisabeth Millard

On January 20, 2016 was appointed the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.
On March 12, 2016 presented her credentials to President Emomali Rahmon.
Resigned in August, 2017.