Some residents are unwilling to leave, officials say, because of their strong cultural associations with the island
The United States and Vanuatu established diplomatic relations in 1986, six years after Vanuatu's independence from France and the United Kingdom. The US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea is also accredited to Vanuatu. US representation is handled by the US Embassy in Papua New Guinea. Peace Corps maintains a country office in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The United States and Vanuatu share a commitment to strengthening democracy, enhancing security, and promoting development.