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US Reopens Its Embassy in Somalia After 28 Years

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The US has reopened its embassy in Somalia 28 years after it closed it. The previous one was closed in January 1991 after civil war broke out in Somalia.

Long-time leader Siad Barre was removed from office in 1991 by clan militias, who then fought each other for power.

The Horn of Africa nation has since then been riven by clan conflict and violence.

A statement from the US embassy on Wednesday said that reopening of the embassy follows last year’s establishment of a permanent diplomatic presence in the capital, Mogadishu.

It added that: “[It] is another step forward in the resumption of regular US-Somalia relations, symbolising the strengthening of US-Somalia relations and advancement of stability, development, and peace for Somalia, and the region.

“The US ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto said that the opening of the embassy was “significant and historic” and was “another step forward in regularising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognising the federal government of Somalia in 2013.

The embassy, he said, would act “to enhance cooperation, advance U.S. national strategic interests, and support our overall security, political, and economic development.”

The re-opening of the embassy builds on the re-establishment of a permanent U.S. diplomatic presence in Mogadishu last year.

This development comes hardly a week after Somalia’s opened its first permanent embassy building in the US capital, Washington.

“The US is Somalia’s biggest donor, giving $730 million (£590 million) worth of aid last year, news agency Reuters reports quoting an official at the US State Department.

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The US has also been a key ally in the fight against militants al-Shabaab who want to overthrow the UN-recognised government.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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