17 January 2013

Somalia: U.S. to Recognize Somalia's New Government

Photo: Stuart Price/UN Photo
A Somali girl runs in front of an African Union armed personnel carrier in Mogadishu. In past months, residents of Mogadishu have enjoyed relative peace in their city after decades of instability.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Johnnie Carson, said on Wednesday (January 16th) said the United States is officially recognizing the new government in Somalia, and plans to opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since 1993.

He said U.S.-Somali relations had moved a long way from where they had been when militants shot down two American helicopters in October 1993. Ambassador Carson said Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will exchange diplomatic notes later today, Thursday (January 17th) to confirm the new relationship. He noted the new Somali government's significant progress in stabilizing Somalia and in defeating Al-Shabaab Islamic militants.

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