US official lands in Mogadishu

2012-06-10 13:13

Mogadishu - The highest ranking US official to visit Somalia's capital in years has landed in Mogadishu.

Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, arrived in Somalia's capital on Sunday. Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the spokesperson for the African Union military force in Somalia, confirmed Carson's arrival.

The visit is further proof of the improving security situation in Mogadishu. African Union troops pushed al-Shabab fighters out of the capital in August.

The US does not have an embassy in Somalia, though embassy official from neighbouring Kenya have visited Somalia in recent months and years. The last senior US government official to visit Mogadishu appears to have been a visit by General Anthony Zinni in 1997.

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