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US to Name 1st Ambassador to Somalia in 20 Years

(File) U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Paris, May 17, 2014.(File) U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Paris, May 17, 2014.
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(File) U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Paris, May 17, 2014.
(File) U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman in Paris, May 17, 2014.
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The United States plans to name its first ambassador to Somalia in more than 20 years.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman made the announcement Tuesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

She said the Obama administration decided to reinstate an ambassador in Somalia based on its deepening relationship with the country and the "faith that better times are ahead." 

U.S. President Barack Obama has not said who he will nominate for the position. The United States has not had an ambassador in Mogadishu since it closed its mission on Jan. 5, 1991.

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by: Pierre from: Kenya
June 04, 2014 2:00 PM
Xaaji, you are correct. Somalia has been moving forward in killing innocent children and targeting the moderate population. It is shameful that your sickened "Youth" are getting pushed aside. That is sarcasm... Something you should get used to if you support the losers like al shabaab.

by: Mohamed Ali from: UK
June 04, 2014 4:44 AM
This is excellent news. This demonstrates the US has confidence that the progress made in Somalia can be sustained and increased. Please ignore the silly comment by the troll "Xaaji", this person wishes the Somali people harm.

The US and Somalia had excellent relations from 1978 until the civil war broke out. I hope they we can resume these good relations.

We need US investment, expertise, and development.

Tremendous progress has been made in expelling Al Shaabab terrorists from many cities. And I hope and pray that we alongside our brothers from Uganda, Djibouti, Rwanda, Burundi, etc can defeat Al Shaabab by the end of the year. For this to be achieved we need the UN arms embargo to removed, so Somalia can have the means to defend itself.

Somalia along, with Madagascar and Malawi were the only East African states to vote for the UN GA resolution 68/262 recognizing Ukraine's territorial integrity and rejecting Russia's annexation of Crimea.




by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
June 04, 2014 12:40 AM
Too late!. This is counterfeit gesture.
We are much better off without having Obama's ambassador in our back doors.

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