Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield represented the United States at the historic re-opening of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Washington, D.C. on November 18. His Excellency Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Abdusalam Omer also attended the event hosted by Somali Ambassador to the United States Ahmed Issa Awad.
In her remarks, 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.
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Raymond W. Stephens
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