US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce the United States' official recognition of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's government following their meeting on Thursday (January 17th), Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson has said.
"When the secretary of state meets with Hassan Sheikh [on Thursday], she will exchange diplomatic notes with him and recognise the Somali government in Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years," Carson said.
The recognition will enable the Somali government to establish new relationships with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and various development partners in the US government. The move will also open doors for opportunities for Mohamud's government to receive assistance from international financial communities, Carson said.
The move is an acknowledgement of Somalia's progress towards security, stability and the elimination of al-Shabaab, he said. The United States never formally cut diplomatic ties with Somalia and currently provides the country with assistance for development, drought, famine and refugee relief, according to the BBC.