U.S. Denies Plans to Relocate Nairobi Embassy Offices to Somalia

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U.S. Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto's presentation of credentials to President of the Federal Republic of #Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed
U.S. Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto's presentation of credentials to President of the Federal Republic of #Somalia Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed "Farmaajo" on November 17, 2018 in Mogadishu

Horndiplomat-The US Embassy made clarifications after sections of the media reported that the U.S Mission to Somalia located at the U.S embassy in Nairobi, Kenya would be moved to Mogadishu.

 

Statement by US Mission to Somalia

Clarification after VOA Interview with Ambassador Yamamoto

Nairobi, Kenya – Ambassador Yamamoto on November 23 was interviewed by VOA Journalist Sahra Abdi Ahmed. Her Tweet that, “the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi would move to Somalia, as early as December this year” does not accurately reflect what was stated during the interview. The United States is committed to strengthening ties and promoting stability in Somalia and, as such, Department personnel currently travel to Mogadishu on a recurring basis for diplomatic engagement. The United States is in the process of re-establishing a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia.”Said US Mission Press Statement

The U.S has not had a diplomatic mission in Somalia since the closure of the embassy in 1991 as the country descended into war.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries are maintained through the mission based at the Nairobi embassy.

 

SOURCE: HORNDIPLOMAT

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