U.S. Set to Recognize Somali Government

The United States is set to officially recognize the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since 1993.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to exchange diplomatic notes Thursday to confirm the new relationship.

In an interview Thursday with VOA’s Somali Service, President Mohamud says the recognition is a “step forward” and a “diplomatic achievement” for his government and for …