US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud following meetings at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013© AFP 2013/ Saul Loeb
WASHINGTON, January 18 (RIA Novosti) - The United States has officially recognized the Somali government in Mogadishu after more than two decades.
“There is still a long way to go and many challenges to confront, but we have seen a new foundation for that better future being laid,” US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said Thursday during a joint press conference with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is in Washington on a visit.
“And today, we are taking an important step toward that future. I am delighted to announce that for the first time since 1991, the United States is recognizing the Government of Somalia,” Clinton said.
Mohamud took office in 2012.
Washington has not recognized Somalia’s government since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.
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