From South Korea to Syria, 32 countries don’t have a US ambassador

  • President Donald Trump has appointed ambassadors to 61 countries since assuming office.
  • But 32 other nations are still without an American ambassador.
  • See which countries below.

President Donald Trump has not yet nominated an ambassador to 26 countries, including some of America’s most crucial geopolitical allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and South Korea, according to the American Foreign Service Association.

Six additional countries – Syria, Venezuela, Sudan, Eritrea, Belarus, and Bolivia – are without an American ambassador, but that’s because the US does not exchange ambassadors with those countries due to political tensions with the host governments.

Shortly before assuming office last year, Trump broke with tradition by ordering all of former President Barack Obama’s political appointees to leave their ambassadorships immediately after the inauguration.

Typically, incoming presidents have allowed a grace period for politically appointed ambassadors to leave the country so that they have time to transition their children out of schools and prepare for life back in the US.

Of the 188 ambassadorial positions around the world, 169 are designated to foreign countries and 19 serve to represent the US in various international organizations. Of the 19 positions at international organizations, 10 are currently vacant, including a position at the European Union and posts within the United Nations.

As of February 21, Trump had appointed ambassadors to 61 countries, 17 of which Congress had yet to confirm. He’ll also have to nominate a new ambassador to Mexico, since Roberta Jacobson announced her resignation on Thursday.

Here are all the countries currently without a US ambassador:


Belarus*

*Denotes countries with which the US does not currently exchange an ambassador due to political tensions with the host governments.


Belgium

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A Belgian soldier guards outside the US Embassy in Brussels, near the Belgian Parliament on January 17, 2015.
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Eric Vidal/Reuters

Belize

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A beach in Belize.
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iStock

Bolivia*


Central African Republic


Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry greets a boy as he meets with US embassy staff and families at the Chief of Mission Residence in Kinshasa on May 3, 2014.
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Saul Loeb/Reuters

Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara waves as he makes his state visit at the Ouaninou village, in Touba, in northwestern Ivory Coast July 22, 2015.
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REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Cuba


Egypt

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A protester walks near the US embassy in Cairo in 2012.
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Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Eritrea*

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Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.
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Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Honduras

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Magdellinne Rivera takes a moments to practice singing September 11, 2002 at the American Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
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Daniel LeClair/Reuters

Iceland

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View of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Ireland


Jamaica

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Double Olympic and World champion Veronica Campbell-Brown walks past food sellers during the ‘Iaaf Day in the Life’ on May 4, 2009 in Clark’s Town, Jamaica.
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Michael Steele/Getty

Jordan

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Rex Tillerson meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi.
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Mark Wilson/Getty

Kyrgyzstan

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The new US embassy in Bishkek, October 31, 2015.
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Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Libya


Mongolia


Qatar


Saudi Arabia

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attend a press event at the State Department on January 12, 2018.
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Zach Gibson/Getty

Singapore

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A Gurkha soldier stands guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Singapore December 22, 2003.
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Bob Strong/Reuters

Somalia


South Africa


South Korea


Sudan*

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People walk past the Faisal Islamic Bank in Khartoum, Sudan January 12, 2016.
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Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

Sweden

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The US embassy in Stockholm, Sweden on October 17, 2012.
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Reuters

Syria*


Tajikistan

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Musicians play traditional Tajik pipes known as “karnay” during the opening ceremony of the US embassy’s new office in Dushanbe June 28, 2006.
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Nozim Kalandarov/Reuters

Tanzania

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A guard stands at the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Friday, June 3, 2005.
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Khalfan Said/Reuters

Trinidad & Tobago


Turkey


Venezuela*

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The US flag flies in front of the U.S. embassy in Caracas, February 3, 2006.
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Francesco Spotorno/Reuters

In addition to these countries, the following ambassador posts to organizations are currently vacant:

  • ASEAN
  • European Union
  • OECD
  • OSCE
  • UN / Geneva
  • UN / Human Rights Council
  • UN / Management & Reform
  • UN / Political Affairs
  • UN / Rome
  • UNESCO (The US will withdraw on December 31)