Obama nominates first ambassador to Somalia in 24 years


U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Tuesday the primary United States ambassador to Somalia since 1991.

If confirmed by the Senate, the ambassador, Katherine S. Dhanani, will lead the U.S. mission to Somalia, at present based mostly on the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

“This historic nomination indicators the deepening relationship between the US and Somalia,” stated U.S. State Division spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“As safety situations allow, we sit up for growing our diplomatic presence in Somalia and ultimately reopening the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu,” she stated.

The Somali authorities welcomed the nomination of a U.S. ambassador to the nation.

“On behalf of the Federal Authorities of Somalia and all Somalis, I welcome [U.S.] President Barack Obama’s choice to appoint Katherine S. Dhanani as ambassador to Somalia,” Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke stated in an announcement.

The nomination will come as a lift for Sharmarke’s authorities and Somalia, which is rising from years of political violence.

“This marks a really constructive second in Somalia’s relationship with the U.S. as we work in direction of attaining safety, stability and prosperity,” Sharmake acknowledged.

In keeping with the State Division, the U.S. established diplomatic relations with Somalia in 1960, however closed the embassy in Mogadishu in 1991, after the civil conflict within the 1980s led to the collapse of Somalia’s central authorities.

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