MOGADISHU (HAN) November 20, 2015. Public Diplomacy & regional Security. The ceremony to mark the reopening of Somalia’s embassy in the US is to start soon, reports the BBC’s Mohamed Shine from the US capital.
Former Somali defence minister, Abdihakim Faqi, who now lives in the US, told our reporter it was an important symbol for Somalia: “It gives us confidence that Somalia is present in Washington and that it represent all Somalis.” The embassy closed almost 25 years ago when the civil war began in Somalia.
But a UN-backed government has sought to improve relations with the US. Relations hit an all-time low in 2003 when Somali militia succeeded in shooting down two helicopters that were part of a US-led effort to help secure deliveries of food aid to war-torn Somalia. The incident was made into the Hollywood film Black Hawk Down.