US embassy in Somalia reopened after nearly 30 years of closure

The US embassy in Somalia has been reopened after nearly thirty years since its closure due to civil war in the country.

Civil war broke out in Somalia after long time leader Siab Barre was removed from office in 1991 by clan militias who then fought each other for power.

Somalia has since then been riven by clan conflict and violence perpetrated by Islamist militias.

Last year the US made a decision to establish permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

A statement from the US embassy in Mogadishu Wednesday said, ” It] is another step forward in the resumption of regular US -Somalia relations, symbolising the strengthening of US-Somalia relations and advancement of stability, development, and peace for Somalia, and the region.”

The US is Somalia’s biggest donor, giving $730m (£590m) worth of aid last year, news agency Reuters reports quoting an official at the US State Department.

The US has also been a key ally in the fight against Islamist militants al-Shabab who want to overthrow the UN-recognised government.

On Monday, al-Shabab militants attacked a military base where US soldiers train Somali commandos.

Military officials said the jihadists were repulsed without breaching the perimeter fence.

No casualties were reported among the Somali military.

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  1. Hope there is a positive agenda.

  2. American thankx to helping Somalia in fighting terrorism.

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