U.S. returns to Somalia as Horn of Africa regains calm

Aerial view of the left side of the US Embassy compound in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo : U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / TSGT Perry Heimer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Finally, the United States has named a career diplomat to head its diplomatic mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, after it was shut down and transferred to neighboring Nairobi in 1991.

US ambassador Donald Yamamoto, has just taken office in Mogadishu, a U.S. State department statement said sources confirmed to ADV on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, U.S. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the reopening event as a” historic event”, saying that it reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and a step forward in formalizing US diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu since recognizing the Federal Government of Somalia in 2013.

It can be recalled that the U.S. hurriedly pulled out of the country in 1993 following the failure of the American Special Forces deployed there to thwart the rising Islamist terror groups whose plan was to uproot the Somali government and gain a foothold there to establish what has become present day Al Shabaab.

After successfully establishing their base in Somalia, the terror groups pursued the U.S. inside Kenya and Tanzania with several deadly attacks.

In a statement explained that “our return demonstrates the United States’s commitment to further advance stability, democracy, and economic development that are in the interest of both nations.”

“Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and his team look forward to working closely with the people of the Somali federal government to strengthen our already strong bilateral relationship,” Nauert said.

Somalia still remains a hotbed in the Horn of Africa where terror is still perceptible characterized by frequent blood attacks and counter attacks by different terror groups, civil wars, and secessionist dissident activities which Ethiopia’s new and progressive leader Ahmed Abiy is helping to quell.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng