Britain Re-opens Embassy in Somalia

British Foreign Secretary William Hague flew to Mogadishu on Thursday to re-open the British Embassy – making his country the first Western nation to resume a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia in 22 years.

The British Embassy in central Mogadishu was forced to shut its doors in 1991 after Mohamed Siad Barre’s government collapsed and Somalia plunged into chronic civil war.

Twenty-two years later, British diplomats are planning a return to Mogadishu.

Foreign Secretary William …