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U.S. Re-Opens Embassy In Somali Capital Amid Persisting Islamist Violence

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Reuters

U.S. Re-Opens Embassy In Somali Capital Amid Persisting Islamist Violence

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The United States announced on Wednesday it had re-opened its embassy in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut down, underscoring deepening ties between the two nations amid persisting threats from Islamist group al Shabaab.

Somalia, in the Horn of Africa, has been gripped by widespread lawlessness and violence since 1991 when autocrat Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled by various warlords.

The United States closed its embassy in January 1991.

In a statement the U.S. embassy to Somalia said the move was a milestone in the strengthening of relations between the two countries and would help advance stability and development in Somalia.

“It is a significant and historic day that reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years,” the U.S. ambassador to Somalia, Donald Yamamoto, was quoted as saying.

 

Read more: https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1WI0JT-OZATP