The Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for facilitating and co-ordinating Nauru’s international relations. Nauru has had a tumultuous foreign policy since gaining independence in 1968, with conflict coming from alternating diplomatic ties between Taiwan and China, and tension from the US due to Nauru’s strong diplomatic relationship with Cuba. Currently, Nauru maintains good bilateral relations with a number of Pacific Island nations, such as Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, as well as with Japan, Taiwan, Cuba and Russia. Nauru is a member of the United Nations and has a permanent mission in New York.
Taiwan and Australia have embassies or high commissions in Nauru, in the district of Yaren. Nauru has no capital city but most government offices are located in the Yaren district. Taiwan has provided aid and support for economic development especially investment in Our Airline, Nauru’s only air link. Australia’s High Commission maintains good bilateral relations with Nauru as their key trade, investment and development assistance partner.
Nauru maintains official overseas representation in four countries, with embassies, high commissions and consulates in Fiji, Australia and Taiwan, and a permanent mission to the United Nations in New York. As a member of the UN, Nauru focuses on developing economic and political ties between Pacific Island nations and the rest of the world, playing a key role in the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Embassies and other foreign missions can be contacted for information on consular matters such as visas, passports and travel.