Foreign relations of Lesotho
Lesotho's geographic location makes it extremely vulnerable to political and economic developments in South Africa
. It is a member of many regional economic organizations including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Lesotho also is active in the United Nations
, the Organization of African Unity
, the Nonaligned Movement
, and many other international organizations. In addition to the United States
, South Africa, People's Republic of China
, the United Kingdom
, and the European Union
all currently retain resident diplomatic missions in Lesotho.
Lesotho has historically maintained generally close ties with the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other Western states. Although Lesotho decided in 1990 to break relations with the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.) and reestablish relations with Taiwan, it has since restored ties with the P.R.C. Lesotho also recognized the State of Palestine, established relations with Namibia, and was a strong public supporter of the end of apartheid in South Africa.
Disputes - international:
- See also : Lesotho