The Dominican Republic is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two sovereign states. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 48,671 square kilometers (18,792 sq mi), and third by population with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city.
The Dominican Republic’s embassy is located in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for representing the Dominican Republic in the United States. The ambassador to the United States is José Tomás Pérez, and the deputy chief of mission is Rubén Darío Paulino.
The embassy provides consular services to Dominican citizens in the United States, and is also responsible for promoting Dominican culture and for maintaining relations between the two countries.
The embassy organizes cultural events throughout the year, including the annual Dominican Republic Independence Day celebration, which is held in Washington, D.C., and is one of the largest events organized by any embassy in the city. The embassy also participates in many other events, such as the National Dominican American Heritage Month in October, and the Caribbean American Heritage Month in June.