Nearly 30 years after the US closed its embassy in Somalia, it has decided to reopen it after civil war broke out in the country.
In 1991 Long-time leader Siad Barre was removed from office by clan militias, who then fought each other for power.
The Horn of Africa nation has since then been riven by clan conflict and violence perpetrated by Islamist militias.
According to a statement from the US embassy on Wednesday, it was revealed that, reopening of the embassy follows last year’s establishment of a permanent diplomatic presence in the capital, Mogadishu.
The message reads: [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.”
”[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.”
Speaking more about the benefit that can be gotten from the new development, the US ambassador to Somalia Donald Yamamoto said that the opening of the embassy was “significant and historic” and was “another step forward in regularising US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognising the federal government of Somalia in 2013.”
Looking at the relationship from history, it was also discovered that 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.
Another feat achieved by the US is that, it 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.