[QODLink]
Africa

US officially recognises Somalia government

Washington had not recognised a Somali government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2013 01:19
US recognition will help Somalia receive greater assistance from US and international aid agencies [AFP]

The United States has recognised Somalia's government for the first time in more than two decades.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the US secretary of state, made the announcement on Thursday alongside Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

President Barack Obama was reported by the AP news agency as having met privately with the Somali leader at the White House.

Washington had not recognised a Somali government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

American intervention failed two years later after militants shot down two US helicopters and killed 18 American
servicemen.

Clinton said times have changed, citing the armed group al-Shabab's retreat from every major Somali city. The US provided $780m to African forces to help that effort.

The White House also expressed optimism about Somalia's future and pledged to work with the country's new government to promote peace and security, improve the economy and boost social services.

Obama also urged his Somali counterpart to "seize this unique opportunity to turn the page on two decades of civil strife", according to a White House statement.

Recognition will help Somalia receive greater assistance from US and international aid agencies. Clinton also spoke about re-establishing an embassy in Somalia in the future.

205

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
Al Jazeera asked people across Scotland what they think about the prospect of splitting from the United Kingdom.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
join our mailing list