WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) --
The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday that
it has reestablished a “permanent diplomatic presence” in
Somalia for the first time in 27 years.
“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,” said Heather Nauert,
the department spokeswoman, in a statement.
Heather called the
new move “another step forward in formalizing U.S. diplomatic
engagement in Mogadishu since recognizing the Federal Government
of Somalia in 2013.”
Yamamoto and his staff looked forward to working closely with
the Somalian government, she added.
The United States
has based its diplomatic mission to Somalia in the capital of
neighboring Kenya since 2013, from where U.S. diplomatic staff
and other personnel travel frequently into Somalia to conduct
Donald Trump picked Yamamoto earlier this year to be the
permanent U.S. ambassador to Somalia, a nomination that was
confirmed by the Senate in October.
about its diplomatic return to the East African nation came days
after the U.S. military’s announcement over the weekend that it
conducted an airstrike in Somalia on Friday, killing nine al-Shabab