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Belize
Belize
maintains 14 embassies to foreign countries, one consulate, and three missions to international organizations. In 1990, Belize became a member of the Organization of American States
Organization of American States
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Latin America

* 1.1 Argentina * 1.2 Brazil * 1.3 Colombia
Colombia
* 1.4 Cuba * 1.5 Dominican Republic * 1.6 Dominica * 1.7 Guatemala
Guatemala
* 1.8 Mexico * 1.9 Nicaragua
Nicaragua
* 1.10 Panama * 1.11 Saint Lucia * 1.12 Saint Kitts and Nevis * 1.13 Saint Vincent and Grenadines

* 2 Africa

* 2.1 Algeria * 2.2 Botswana * 2.3 Morocco * 2.4 Seychelles * 2.5 South Africa * 2.6 Tunisia

* 3 Asia

* 3.1 India * 3.2 Indonesia * 3.3 Iran * 3.4 Israel * 3.5 Japan * 3.6 Kazakhstan * 3.7 Kuwait * 3.8 Maldives * 3.9 Oman * 3.10 Pakistan * 3.11 Palestine * 3.12 Singapore * 3.13 South Korea * 3.14 Turkey * 3.15 Turkmenistan * 3.16 Vietnam

* 4 Europe

* 4.1 Armenia * 4.2 Bulgaria * 4.3 Croatia * 4.4 Cyprus * 4.5 Czech Republic * 4.6 Estonia * 4.7 Finland * 4.8 France * 4.9 Georgia * 4.10 Germany * 4.11 Greece * 4.12 Hungary * 4.13 Iceland * 4.14 Ireland * 4.15 Italy * 4.16 Kosovo * 4.17 Latvia * 4.18 Lithuania * 4.19 Macedonia * 4.20 Malta * 4.21 Norway * 4.22 Romania * 4.23 Russia * 4.24 Slovakia * 4.25 Slovenia * 4.26 Sweden * 4.27 Switzerland * 4.28 Ukraine * 4.29 United Kingdom

* 5 North America

* 5.1 Canada * 5.2 United States

* 6 Oceania

* 6.1 Australia * 6.2 New Zealand

* 7 Belize
Belize
and the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
* 8 Multilateral membership * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links

LATIN AMERICA

To strengthen its potential for economic and political development Belize
Belize
has sought to build closer ties with the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America to complement its historical ties to the English-speaking Caribbean
Caribbean
states. Recent foreign policy initiatives include joining with the other Central American countries in signing the CONCAUSA Agreement on regional sustainable development and becoming a full member of the Central American Integration System (SICA) Belize
Belize
is a member of CARICOM
CARICOM
which was founded in 1973.

ARGENTINA

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on January 8, 1992. * In 2013 both countries have an agreement on Technical cooperation.

* Argentina is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City .

BRAZIL

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 March 1983.

COLOMBIA

On February 15, 1982, formal relations were established. Colombia
Colombia
's embassy in Belize
Belize
closed in 2002 in order to cut down on costs though the embassy of Colombia
Colombia
in El Salvador
El Salvador
is also concurrent to Belize. On April 17, 2013, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister met with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
Colombia
in order to strengthen relations.

CUBA

Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1995.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Further information: Foreign relations of the Dominican Republic

Belize
Belize
has an embassy in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
. The Dominican Republic is represented in Belize
Belize
through a non-resident ambassador in Santo Domingo and an honorary consulate in Belmopan
Belmopan
.

Both countries are members of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Group of 77
Group of 77
.

DOMINICA

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1981. * Both countries are full members of both Commonwealth
Commonwealth
of Nations and Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States .

GUATEMALA

See also: Belize–Guatemala relations

Belize
Belize
's principal external concern has been the dispute involving the Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory
Guatemalan claim to Belizean territory
. Initially a dispute between formerly Spanish Guatemala
Guatemala
and the United Kingdom's colony of British Honduras
British Honduras
, Guatemala
Guatemala
continued its claim after Belizean independence in 1981; it recognized its neighbour's independence one decade later, in 1991. The dispute remains unresolved.

MEXICO

See also: Belize–Mexico relations

Diplomatic relations between Mexico and Belize
Belize
were established in 1981.

* Mexico has an embassy in Belmopan
Belmopan
. * Belize
Belize
has an embassy in Mexico City
Mexico City
. * Both countries are members of the Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States and the Organization of American States
Organization of American States
.

NICARAGUA

Diplomatic relations between Nicaragua
Nicaragua
and Belize
Belize
were established in 1981.

* Nicaragua
Nicaragua
has an embassy in Belize
Belize
City . * Belize
Belize
is represented in Nicaragua
Nicaragua
by its embassy in Guatemala City . * Both countries are members of the Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States , Central American Integration System
Central American Integration System
and the Organization of American States .

PANAMA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 1 December 1981.

SAINT LUCIA

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1981. * Both countries are full members of both Commonwealth
Commonwealth
of Nations and Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States .

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1981. * Both countries are full members of both Commonwealth
Commonwealth
of Nations and Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States .

SAINT VINCENT AND GRENADINES

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 21 September 1981. * Both countries are full members of both Commonwealth
Commonwealth
of Nations and Association of Caribbean
Caribbean
States .

AFRICA

ALGERIA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on November 28, 2001.

BOTSWANA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on February 28, 2008.

MOROCCO

Both countries established diplomatic relations on May 3, 2001.

SEYCHELLES

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 September 1991.

SOUTH AFRICA

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on May 14, 1997. * Belize
Belize
does not have any representation in South African. * South African is represented in Belize
Belize
by its High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica
.

TUNISIA

Both countries have passed a number of bilateral agreements.

ASIA

INDIA

See also: Belize–India relations

* India has a Honorary Consulate in Belize
Belize
City . * Belize
Belize
maintains a Honorary Consulate in New Delhi.

INDONESIA

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 July 2014.

IRAN

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 24 November 1992.

ISRAEL

* Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1983. * Belize
Belize
is represented in Israel through its Embassy in London. * Israeli is represented in Israel through its embassy in San Salvador . * Since 2011, both countries have an AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THE GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR HOLDERS OF DIPLOMATIC, SERVICE AND NATIONAL PASSPORTS.

JAPAN

* Both countries established diplomatic relation in November 1982. * Japan is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Kingston, Jamaica .

KAZAKHSTAN

Both countries established diplomatic relations on November 7, 2013.

KUWAIT

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 5 September 2006.

MALDIVES

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 February 2000. * Both countries are full members of Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
.

OMAN

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 3 March 2006.

PAKISTAN

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 October 2015. * Both countries are member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
.

PALESTINE

Under the previous premiership of Said Musa
Said Musa
, Belize
Belize
remained a staunch supporter of Palestinian rights and shunned relations with Israel due to the latter's military and intelligence support for Guatemala. Since the election of Dean Barrow
Dean Barrow
in 2008, however, relations with Israel have improved considerably. In June 2011, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington met with Israeli envoy Danny Ayalon to discuss an upcoming resolution in September aimed at recognising a Palestinian state. Following the meeting, Ayalon claimed that he had gained the support of Belize
Belize
in opposing the resolution. However, on September 9, the Belizean Foreign Ministry issued an official statement recognizing the State of Palestine
State of Palestine
with the borders prior to the Six Day War
Six Day War
.

SINGAPORE

Both countries established diplomatic relations on August 23, 1995 .

SOUTH KOREA

Further information: Foreign relations of South Korea See also: Belize–South Korea relations

The establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Belize
Belize
started on April 14, 1987.

TURKEY

* The Turkish Embassy in Mexico City
Mexico City
is accredited to Belize
Belize
and Turkey has an Honorary Consul in Belize
Belize
City . * Belize
Belize
has an Honorary Consulate in Izmir
Izmir
.

TURKMENISTAN

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 11 September 1996.

VIETNAM

Both countries established diplomatic relation on January 4, 1995.

EUROPE

ARMENIA

Both countries established diplomatic relation on February 12, 1999.

BULGARIA

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 15 February 1994. * Bulgaria is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City .

CROATIA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on January 23, 1996.

CYPRUS

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on July 21, 2000. * Cyprus is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico. * Both countries are members of Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
.

CZECH REPUBLIC

* The Czech Republic is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City
Mexico City
and has an honorary consulate. * Belize
Belize
has an honorary consulate in Prague
Prague
.

ESTONIA

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on May 5, 1999. * Estonia has an honorary consulate in Belize.

FINLAND

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on June 19, 1997. * Finland is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City and an honorary consulate in Belize
Belize
City .

FRANCE

France is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in El Salvador
El Salvador
.

GEORGIA

Both countries established diplomatic relation on October 1, 2015.

GERMANY

* Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1982. * Germany is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Guatemala.

GREECE

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 4 September 1986. * Belize's Embassy in Mexico has parallel accreditation for Greece. Belize
Belize
has an Honorary Consulate in Athens
Athens
since 1992. * Greece does not have any representation in Belize, its embassy in Mexico is also accredited to Belize.

HUNGARY

Hungary is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City
Mexico City
.

ICELAND

Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 7 July 2004.

IRELAND

Both countries established diplomatic relations on 21 July 2000.

ITALY

* Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 1 October 1982. * Belize
Belize
has 2 honorary consulates in Palermo
Palermo
and Milano
Milano
. * Italy is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City and an honorary consulate.

KOSOVO

* Both countries established diplomatic relations on 30 April 2016.

LATVIA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on February 3, 2005.

LITHUANIA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on December 30, 2004.

MACEDONIA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on January 25, 1996.

MALTA

Both countries established diplomatic relations on October 1, 2004.

NORWAY

Since 2011, Belize
Belize
and Norway have an Agreement concerning the exchange of information relating to tax matters they had signed in 2010.

ROMANIA

Both countries established diplomatic relation on March 25, 1993.

RUSSIA

Further information: Foreign relations of Russia
Foreign relations of Russia

Both countries have established diplomatic relations on June 25, 1991. Belize
Belize
immediately recognized Russia as the USSR
USSR
's successor after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Russia is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City and an honorary consulate in Belize
Belize
City .

SLOVAKIA

Slovakia is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City .

SLOVENIA

Belize
Belize
is represented in Slovenia through its embassy in Vienna
Vienna
.

SWEDEN

Sweden is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Stockholm
Stockholm
and an honorary consulate in Belmopan
Belmopan
.

SWITZERLAND

* Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1988. * Switzerland is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City and since 1996 an honorary consulate in Belize
Belize
City .

UKRAINE

Both countries have established diplomatic relations on 1 October 1999.

UNITED KINGDOM

Further information: Foreign relations of United Kingdom

Belize
Belize
is a member of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth
and was granted independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. Formerly known as British Honduras
British Honduras
, the British maintained a garrison in Belize
Belize
well into the 1990s, until Guatemala
Guatemala
, which has always claimed sovereignty of the country, signed a treaty recognising Belize's independence. The United Kingdom maintains a training centre for the army in Belize.

On March 3, 2012, Prince Harry
Prince Harry
visited Belize
Belize
on a tour of Commonwealth
Commonwealth
countries in the region as the Queen's representative in her Diamond Jubilee, making this his first solo royal tour. There he renamed Zennia Boulevard (also known as Cohune Walk Boulevard) in the capital to "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Boulevard", in honour of his grandmother.

The United Kingdom has a High Commission in Belmopan, whilst Belize also has one in London.

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

* Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada to Belize, located in Guatemala
Guatemala
City. * Belize
Belize
is represented in Canada through an Embassy in Washington, D.C. and a consulate in Calgary. * Both countries are member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
and of the Organization of American States
Organization of American States
.

UNITED STATES

See also: Belize–United States relations

BELIZE-UNITED STATES RELATIONS have traditionally been close and cordial. The United States is Belize
Belize
's principal trading partner and major source of investment funds . It is also home to the largest Belizean community outside Belize, estimated to be 70,000 strong. Because Belize's economic growth and accompanying democratic political stability are important U.S. objectives, Belize
Belize
benefits from the U.S. Caribbean
Caribbean
Basin Initiative .

As a member of CARICOM
CARICOM
Belize
Belize
strongly backed efforts by the United States to implement United Nations Security Council
United Nations Security Council
Resolution 940 designed to facilitate the departure of Haiti
Haiti
's de facto authorities from power. The country agreed to contribute military personnel to the Multinational Task Force which restored the democratically elected Government of Haiti
Haiti
in October 1994 and to the United Nations Mission in Haiti
Haiti
(UNMIH).

Belize
Belize
is also a member of the International Criminal Court
International Criminal Court
with a Bilateral Immunity Agreement of protection for the American military (as covered under Article 98 ).

International crime issues dominate the agenda of bilateral relations between the United States and Belize. The United States is working closely with the Government of Belize
Belize
to fight illicit narcotics trafficking , and both governments seek to control the flow of illegal migrants to the United States through Belize. Belize
Belize
and the United States brought into force a stolen vehicle treaty, an extradition treaty , and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
Treaty
between 2001 and 2003.

The United States is the largest provider of economic assistance to Belize, contributing $2.5 million in various bilateral economic and military aid programs to Belize
Belize
in FY 2006. Of this amount, nearly $500,000 was provided by the U.S. Military Liaison Office . The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) closed its Belize
Belize
office in August 1996 after a 13-year program during which USAID provided $110 million worth of development assistance to Belize. Belize
Belize
still benefits from USAID regional programs. In addition, during the past 42 years, almost 2,000 Peace Corps
Peace Corps
volunteers have served in Belize. As of April 2007, the Peace Corps
Peace Corps
had 58 volunteers working in Belize.

Until the end of 2002, Voice of America
Voice of America
operated a medium-wave radio relay station in Punta Gorda that broadcast to the neighboring countries of Honduras
Honduras
, Guatemala
Guatemala
, and El Salvador
El Salvador
. The U.S. military has a diverse and growing assistance program in Belize
Belize
that included the construction and renovation of several schools and youth hostels , medical assistance programs, and drug reduction programs. Private North American investors continue to play a key role in Belize's economy, particularly in the tourism sector.

OCEANIA

AUSTRALIA

* Australia is represented in Belize
Belize
by its High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
. * Both countries are members of Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is represented in Belize
Belize
through its embassy in Mexico City .

BELIZE AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS

Belize
Belize
has been a member state of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth
since 1981, when it became an independent Commonwealth
Commonwealth
realm .

MULTILATERAL MEMBERSHIP

Belize
Belize
is a member of the following multilateral bodies.

* African, Caribbean
Caribbean
and Pacific Group of States (ACP) * The Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean
Caribbean
(OPANAL) * Caribbean
Caribbean
Community (Caricom) * Caribbean
Caribbean
Development Bank (CDB) * Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
* Food and Agricultural Organization
Food and Agricultural Organization
(FAO) * Group of 77
Group of 77
(G-77) * Inter-American Development Bank
Inter-American Development Bank
(IADB) * International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(IBRD) * International Civil Aviation Organization
International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) * International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
(ICFTU) * International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
(ICRM) * International Development Association
International Development Association
(IDA) * International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) * International Finance Corporation
International Finance Corporation
(IFC) * International Labour Organization
International Labour Organization
(ILO) * International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) * International Maritime Organization
International Maritime Organization
(IMO) * Intelsat
Intelsat
(nonsignatory user) * Interpol * International Olympic Committee (IOC) * International Organization for Migration
International Organization for Migration
(IOM) (observer) * International Telecommunications Union
International Telecommunications Union
(ITU) * Non-Aligned Movement
Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM) * Organization of American States
Organization of American States
(OAS) * Latin American Economic System
Latin American Economic System
(LAES) * The United Nations (UN) * United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Caribbean
(UNECLAC) * United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) * United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) * United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO) * Universal Postal Union
Universal Postal Union
(UPU) * World Confederation of Labour (WCL) * World Health Organization
World Health Organization
(WHO) * World Trade Organization
World Trade Organization
(WTO)

SEE ALSO

* List of diplomatic missions in Belize
Belize
* List of diplomatic missions of Belize
Belize
* North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
* Free Trade Area of the Americas
Free Trade Area of the Americas
* Third Border Initiative * Caribbean
Caribbean
Basin Initiative (CBI) * Caribbean
Caribbean
Basin Trade Partnership Act * Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

REFERENCES

* ^ " Belize
Belize
embassy". www.mfa.gov.bz. Retrieved March 7, 2014. * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ "Belice" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 7, 2014. * ^ http://www.radiorebelde.cu/english/news/cuba-and-belize-celebrate-fifteenth-anniversary-of-diplomatic-relations-20100623/ * ^ * ^ * ^ "Embajada de Mexico en Belize" (in English and Spanish). embamex.sre.gob.mx. Retrieved March 7, 2014. * ^ Ministry of foreign affairs of Belize
Belize
(in English only). * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ * ^ http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/forrep/forb.htm#beli * ^ * ^ * ^ Indian Honorary Consulate in Belize * ^ Belize