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Somalia: US Embassy Re-opened

Somalia: US Embassy Re-opened

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Mogadishu, October 08, 2019 (CANBNC)  – The United States embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital has reopened. It was closed during the 1991 overthrow of president Siad Barre’s military regime which plunged the country into civil war and decades of chaos. This is a sign of strengthening diplomatic relations between the two nations after US strikes in Somalia surged in April 2017. President Donald Trump had declared the south of the country an “area of active hostilities”.

“Today we reaffirm the relations between the American people and the Somali people and our two nations, It is a significant and historic day that reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years, and another step forward in regularising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognising the federal government of Somalia in 2013. The United States remains a strong partner to Somalia in its effort to build a stable, credible, and democratic country,” said Ambassador Donald Yamamoto in a statement.

While a permanent diplomatic presence was established in Mogadishu on December 2018, it was operated out of Nairobi. The country continues to be wracked by an Islamist insurgency, and Al-Shabaab militants on Monday staged an attack on a military base that is a major launching site for US drone operations, as well as a European Union convoy.

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