Somalia re-opens embassy in Washington DC

Federal Government of Somalia has reopened its embassy in United States after 24 years.

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield represented the United States President at the historic re-opening of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Washington, D.C. on November 18.

Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Abdusalam Omer also attended the event hosted by new Somali Ambassador to the United States Ahmed IssaAwad.

In her remarks, US Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield warmly welcomed Somalia’s official return to Washington after a nearly twenty-four year absence.  Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield emphasized that this was yet another step towards normalizing the U.S.-Somali relationship, including official recognition of the Somali government in January 2013, welcoming the first Somali Ambassador to Washington in July 2014, and U.S. Secretary of State Kerry’s historic visit to Mogadishu in May 2015. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield affirmed the United States’ commitment to work with Somali government officials to bring stability, security, and prosperity to all Somali people.

Somalia which has currently over 40 diplomatic missions across has in recent years embarked on the improving of its international relations that was greatly damaged by the aftermath of the civil war that lasted for over two decades.