Somalia welcomes reopening of US embassy

2015-09-09 19:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mogadishu - Somalia on Wednesday welcomed the reopening of a US diplomatic mission in the Horn of Africa country, more than two decades after it withdrew from there.

An ambassador is still to be appointed for the mission, which will initially be located in neighbouring Kenya.

The establishment of the mission heralds "a new dawn" in bilateral relations "as Somalia moves towards peace and prosperity," President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said in a joint statement.

"US officials will continue to travel to Somalia to conduct official business as security conditions permit," the US Department of State said on announcing the opening of the embassy on Tuesday.

In May, John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to visit Somalia. Washington had withdrawn from the country in 1993 after 18 US servicemen were killed in Mogadishu.

The incident arose during an international relief effort after the collapse of a military dictatorship in 1991.

Recently, the US has carried out drone strikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia, killing its leader Ahmed Godane last year, and has reportedly trained Somali elite commandos to fight the Islamist group.

Read more on:    somalia  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.