US Reopens Diplomatic Mission in Somalia After 28 Year Closure

Mogadishu, The United States of America (USA)

has established its first diplomatic presence in Somalia for nearly 30

years.

The state department said the “historic event” reflected the

progress the east African nation had made.

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is heading the embassy in

Mogadishu. Previously it had been based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Commenting on the latest move, state department

spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement: “This historic event

reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward

in formalising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since

recognising the Federal Government of Somalia in 2013.”

She added: “Our return demonstrates the United States’ (US)

commitment to further advance stability, democracy and economic

development that are in the interest of both nations,” the BBC news

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency

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