US reopens diplomatic mission in Somalia
The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia after a 28-year-hiatus.
Iran Press/ Africa: The United States has re-established a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia, nearly 30 years after the US embassy was closed as a civil war raged in the Horn of Africa country, Africa News reported.
Somalia has been trying to recover from the conflict that engulfed the country in 1991, when clan warlords overthrew the central government and then turned on each other.
The US state department in a statement described the reopening of its embassy in Mogadishu as a historic event and claimed that reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu
Somalia has in recent years faced an insurgency by the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militant group, as well as famine and maritime piracy.
While parts of the country are plagued by militant violence, a degree of stability in the capital, Mogadishu, has drawn investment from Somalis at home and abroad.
In September, the World Bank approved $80 million in grants to Somalia to fund public finance reforms, the first disbursement to the country in 30 years.
According to this report, American diplomat "Donald Yamamoto" is heading the US embassy in Mogadishu.