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US re-establishes 'permanent diplomatic presence' in Somalia

AP  |  Johannesburg 

The says it has re-established a "permanent diplomatic presence" in for the first time in 27 years.

The State Department late Tuesday said "this historic event reflects Somalia's progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing US diplomatic engagement in "

The US closed its embassy in January 1991 as the country collapsed into civil war, with the military airlifting out the and others.

The US formally recognized Somalia's new federal government in 2013 but has based its diplomatic mission in the capital of neighboring

Former during a surprise 2015 visit to said the would begin the process of re-establishing a diplomatic presence.

New arrived at the mission last month.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 15:50 IST