Statement: Reestablishment of permanent Diplomatic Presence in Somalia

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On December 2, for the first time since the closure of the U.S Embassy in Mogadishu on January 5, 1991, the United States reestablished a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia.

This historic event reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing U.S diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognizing the Federal Government of Somalia in 2013.

Our return demonstrates the United States’ commitment to further advance stability, democracy and economic development that are in the interest of  both nations.

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and his staff look forward to working closely with the people and the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen our already close bilateral relationship in furtherance of these shared goals.

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