U.S. Relations With Argentina

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Fact Sheet
September 7, 2016

More information about Argentina is available on the Argentina 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 Argentina in 1823. The bilateral relationship between the United States and Argentina is based on shared interests including democracy, science and technology, education, trade, regional peace and stability, non-proliferation, cultural exchanges, the environment,,human rights, and social inclusion. The Government of Argentina shares U.S. national and international security goals through participation in international peacekeeping operations and advocacy for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

U.S.-Argentine cooperation includes science and technology initiatives in the fields of oceans, the environment, space, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, agricultural research and biotechnology, and medicine. The first bilateral joint science and technology working group meeting was held in 2010; a follow-up meeting was held in 2014. NASA and Argentina’s space agency (CONAE) collaborated on an earth observation satellite, which launched in 2011, and in 2015 signed a bilateral agreement related to heliophysics. The United States and Argentina also have a binational energy working group.

President Obama’s March 23-24, 2016 visit to Argentina was the first bilateral visit to Argentina by a U.S. President in almost two decades. President Obama announced that the United States and Argentina would launch a High-Level Dialogue (HLD) to strengthen a bilateral partnership that is rooted in common values, principles, and interests.  Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra launched the dialogue on August 4, 2016 during Secretary Kerry’s visit to Argentina.  The HLD will aim to deliver tangible results in expanding ties, fostering shared prosperity, and promoting bilateral cooperation on inclusive economic development, trade and investment, labor, tourism, and educational exchanges. 

There is an active Fulbright Commission in Argentina which oversees bilateral educational exchange scholarships.

U.S. Assistance to Argentina

U.S. assistance in Argentina promotes regional stability and democracy and builds non-proliferation cooperation on export controls and border security.

Bilateral Economic Relations

U.S. goods and services trade with Argentina totaled an estimated $22.4 billion in 2015.  U.S. exports to Argentina include machinery, oil, plastics, and organic chemicals. U.S. imports from Argentina include mineral fuel and oil, chemicals, wine, preserved foods, and aluminum. The United States and Argentina signed a bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in March 2016.  The TIFA creates a forum for the United States and Argentina to engage on a broad range of bilateral economic issues, such as market access, intellectual property rights protection, and cooperation on shared objectives in the World Trade Organization and other multilateral for a.  A bilateral investment treaty entered into force in 1994, and more than 500 U.S. companies are among the top investors in Argentina.  U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Argentina (stock) was $13.4 billion in 2014.  U.S. direct investment in Argentina is mostly in industry/agriculture, natural resources, finance, and services. Presidents Obama and Macri pledged cooperation on the Small Business Network of the Americas (SBNA), which seeks to strengthen and connect small business support infrastructure across the Western Hemisphere.  

The United States and Argentina signed an agreement to collaborate on establishing a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).  The agreement also includes a strong focus on promoting women’s entrepreneurship through the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) Initiative.  These efforts will help both Argentine and U.S. small businesses grow in their local markets and expand internationally.  Various U.S. government agencies work with their Argentine counterparts to promote good regulatory practices in areas such as anti-trust, oil and gas, electricity generation and distribution, telecommunications, internet governance, and national statistics collection and analysis. The United States also partners with Argentina in multilateral economic forums, such as the G20, to advance mutual goals for the global economy.   

Argentina's Membership in International Organizations

Argentina and the United States are active participants in many of the same international organizations and forums, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, International Atomic Energy Agency, the G-20, and the World Trade Organization. Argentina completed its eighth rotating membership as a member of the UN Security Council at the end of 2014.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Argentina is Noah B. Mamet; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Argentina maintains an embassy in the United States at 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009; tel. (202) 238-6400.

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

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