US Re-Opens Somalia embassy

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The State Department has announced that it has re-established an embassy in Somalia. The U.The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu was closed in January 5, 1991 when Somalia descended into civil war.

The new U.S. embassy is located on the grounds of Mogadishu’s international airport.

The U.S. permanent diplomatic mission was established in Mogadishu in December 2018, operating in neighboring Kenya.

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto said in a statement, “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  regularizing U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognizing  the federal government of Somalia in 2013.  U.S. Embassy Mogadishu will  act to enhance cooperation, advance U.S. national strategic interests,  and support our overall security, political, and economic development  goals and objectives.”

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