A new day has dawned in U.S.-Somalia relations. On July 14, after a diplomatic absence of 23 years, President Obama received Omar Sharmarke’s credentials as Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States.
This diplomatic appointment is particularly noteworthy because on November 27, 1962 President John F. Kennedy welcomed Somalia’s first Prime Minister, Abdirashid Sharmarke, the ambassador’s father, in an official visit to the White House.
Then, as now, the United States supported a new Somali government as it sought to realize the Somali people’s desire for a peaceful and prosperous future. As both governments move forward and continue to restore the bilateral relationship — – See more at: Restoring the U.S.-Somalia Bilateral Relationship – With less than a month to go until the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. –