AFRICOM and State Department re-establishes ‘permanent diplomatic presence’ in Somalia

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Source: Stars Stripes & AP 

America’s top commander for Africa made a rare visit to war-torn Somalia, meeting with local leaders to discuss security in a country where U.S. forces quietly serve in a fight against militants.

U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas Waldhauser also met Tuesday with the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Somalia, Donald Yamamoto, who is in the process of establishing a permanent American diplomatic mission.

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The United States says it has re-established a “permanent diplomatic presence” in Somalia 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 U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu.”

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