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Foreign relations of Andorra

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Andorra
Constitution
Foreign relations

Since the establishment of sovereignty with the ratification of the constitution in 1993, Andorra has moved to become an active member of the international community. In July 1993, Andorra established its first diplomatic mission in the world to the United Nations.

Andorra maintains six embassies abroad: in Austria, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and the United States.[1] The principality's permanent mission to the United Nations in New York also serves as their embassy to Canada, Mexico and the United States

France and Spain have embassies in Andorra.

Foreign affairs are supervised by the Ministry of External Affairs (Catalan: Ministeri d'Afers Exteriors).

Contents

  • Memberships 1
  • Relations with the European Union 2
  • Relations with the Republic of Kosovo 3
  • Relations with the United States 4
  • Notes and references 5
    • Notes 5.1
    • References 5.2
  • External links 6

Memberships

Andorra is a full member of the Interpol. Since 1991, Andorra has had a special agreement with the European Union.

Disputes - international: none

Relations with the European Union

Andorra has had a customs union with the European Union (EU) since 1991 though it excludes agricultural produce. Andorra also maintains its border controls by staying outside of Schengen, though citizens holding a Schengen visa can usually enter. Andorra is the only microstate to use the euro without an official agreement, though Andorra is in talks with the EU over an agreement that would allow it to mint its own coins.

Relations with the Republic of Kosovo

On 8 June 2011, Andorra became the 76th member state of the United Nations to recognise the independence of the Republic of Kosovo.[a] The Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that the two countries will form diplomatic relations very shortly. Previously in 2008, Andorra was hesitant to recognise the Republic of Kosovo's independence due to a possible precedent in the region and due to pressure from Spain. Andorra and Kosovo established diplomatic relations on 14 September 2011.[2]

Relations with the United States

The United States established diplomatic relations with Andorra on 21 February 1995. The two countries are on excellent terms. The U.S. Ambassador to Spain is also accredited as Ambassador to Andorra. United States Consulate General officials based in Barcelona are responsible for the day-to-day conduct of relations with Andorra. The then-Permanent Representative of Andorra to the United Nations, Carles Font-Rossell, was accredited as Andorra's first Ambassador to the United States as of 14 March 2008.[3] The current Ambassador, serving since 2 November 2009, is Narcís Casal de Fonsdeviela.[3]

Notes and references

Notes

a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References

  1. ^ "Adresses of the Andorran diplomatic missions". Government of Andorra - Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Kosova and Andorra establish diplomatic relations". MFA of Kosovo. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b Andorra Ambassador Washington Diplomat, retrieved 2008-09-18

External links

  • (Catalan)/(Spanish)/(French)/(English) Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • (Catalan)/(Spanish)/(English)/(French) Andorran Embassy in Brussels, Belgium
  • (Catalan)/(French) Andorran Embassy in Paris, France
  • (French) Embassy of France in Andorra La Vella
  • (Catalan)/(Spanish)/(English) United States Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain (Also serves as the United States Embassy to Andorra)
  • (English) Permanent Mission to the United Nations
  • (English) History of Andorra - U.S. relations
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