President Asher says the UK is America's "oldest and strongest ally". It may be the strongest, but it's not the oldest. The first treaty signed by the USA was a friendship treaty with Morocco who is the US's oldest ally. The Netherlands has one of the longest-standing diplomatic relationships with the United States, and was the first country to recognise the US after it declared independence in 1776. In Addition, France became America's ally almost immediately after America declared independence from Great Britain. The alliance was formalized by a treaty signed in early 1778. Once the US won independence from the Great Britain, the two countries clashed again in 1812, then had various territorial and trade disputes throughout the 19th century. The United States and the United Kingdom became true allies during World War I.