US Re-Opens Its Mogadishu Embassy after 28 years
The United States has reopened its Somalia Embassy after closing it down during the 1991 civil war. The opening marks the beginning of stronger relations between the two countries. The Mogadishu Embassy closed down 28 years ago during the overthrow of the then President Siad Barre’s military government which preceded an era of chaos. In 2018, the U.S the re-established of a Somalia permanent diplomatic presence which operated from Nairobi.
“Today, we reaffirm the relations between the American people and the Somali people and our two nations. It is an important 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,” confirmed U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, speaking on Embassy’s officiation.
The U.S. embassy in Mogadishu will cement America’s diplomatic engagement with Somalia as well as enhance co-operation between the two countries. Its also expected to advance U.S. interests in Somalia, revolving around security, policy, and economic objectives.
“U.S. Embassy Mogadishu will act to enhance co-operation, advance U.S. national strategic interests, and support our overall security, political, and economic development goals and objectives.” read a press statement.